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Danville: Kiwanis Club cancels Independence Day parade after town doesn't grant permit

Original post made on May 10, 2021

Danville's annual Fourth of July parade has been called off this year, according to organizers, who said they have been forced to do so after the town government failed to give them permission to proceed with enough time to prepare.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on May 10, 2021 at 9:28 pm

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I'm disappointed. We look forward to the parade every year. Over 70% of Contra Costa County is vaccinated. When will we return to normal? Enough is enough!

Posted by Cheryl
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2021 at 11:15 am

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In response to prior comment by Jennifer: While the county may show a 71% vaccination rate, that rate is based on adults and does not include youth and children who do carry and spread the virus. We must remain vigilant to get to true “herd immunity” and that won’t happen until even the youngest is vaccinated. By letting our guard down too soon, we could end up like the Seychelles who thought they had won the battle and are now struggling against it again.

Posted by Nicola Shihab, Public Information Officer, Town of Danville
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm

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The Town continues to find creative ways to keep the Danville spirit alive in the community. Our main priority is keeping the community safe and so we continue to adjust accordingly. At this time, the Town is unable to accept Community Event Applications for events that require the use of Town resources and public spaces such as parades, car shows, street festivals, etc., until the Contra Costa County Health Department authorizes large public gatherings. Therefore, most community events that draw large crowds have been postponed or canceled.

We have worked with the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley to keep them updated on the current guidelines and talk through the logistics of the event and while it is certainly not what we wanted to happen this year, we fully support their decision, as the Event Organizer, to cancel the 4th of July Parade event.

The 4th of July Parade has a number of factors that make planning for an event this size, given the current ongoing health-related restrictions the county faces, extremely difficult. While the Town has been able to hold some events and is working to continue to expand our summer events calendar, these smaller events are only possible with pre-registration for a limited number of attendees. For an event like the July 4th parade that typically attracts around 40,000 people, it would be extremely difficult to control entry and keep people socially distanced and safe. While Contra Costa County has made significant progress vaccinating adults, we still have a large percentage of young people who have so far not been able to be vaccinated. As it currently stands, the State of California and Contra Costa Health Services have yet to develop or issue guidelines for large non-controlled/ticketed public events. We are constantly monitoring information being issued by both agencies and are hoping to receive some additional guidance by June 15, 2021, as part of the “Moving Beyond the Blueprint” plan. Continued....

Posted by Nicola Shihab, Public Information Officer, Town of Danville
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm

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While we wait on those guidelines we can only speculate what might need to be put in place by large event organizers. All indications are that any event guidelines for larger-scale public events will need to incorporate logistics that the event organizers will be required to implement and enforce (e.g. testing, proof of vaccine, registration, temp checks, capacity limits, face coverings, social distancing measures, increased sanitation, etc.). Given these considerations and the time scales involved, coupled with liability concerns for event organizers, the additional staffing, policing, and resources that this would entail, we understand why it is not possible for the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley to plan for an in-person parade this year.

We are hopeful that events will continue to return in a modified form as we continue to move forward, although it will depend on the State and County guidelines, and the extra time and resources that will almost certainly be required to hold these events. We love our Town community events and will continue to work with our event organizers to monitor what activities are safe and realistic to implement. We appreciate your understanding, in the meantime, we will keep updating our website calendar with event details.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on May 12, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Jennifer is a registered user.

Nicola Shihab -- Thank you for your reply.

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