Victoria officials hike parade fees

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

June 3, 2014 at 1:03 a.m.
Updated June 4, 2014 at 1:04 a.m.

Parade organizers will have to shell out more money to host their events in Victoria.

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to impose a $25 parade fee as well as fees for barricade rentals, which are required to block streets.

Mayor Paul Polasek said the fees apply to any organization - corporate or nonprofit - looking to throw a parade.

"Every organization is certainly worthwhile," he said. "We have to treat them exactly the same, so we have the same policy" across the board.

Under the new rules, parade organizers will be charged $325 for barricades and parade permits or up to $525 if city staff sets up the barricades.

Special events such as 5Ks, concerts or festivals are not eligible to use the city's equipment, said City Manager Charmelle Garrett.

Of the total price, $25 goes to a parade permit, $50 for use of the barricades and $250 for a refundable deposit. The group would be responsible for arranging pickup and return from the city's parks and recreation department.

Any lost or damaged barricades would result in additional fees, which could range from $75 to $100, Garrett said.

While the parade fee is charged regardless, a group can have city staff set up and take down the barricades for a total cost of $525.

The issue first came up in February.

Parks and Recreation Director Colby Van Gundy said the newly instated parade fee helps organize paperwork and city efforts when dealing with parades. He called the fee "very minimal."

"We researched what other cities were charging," Van Gundy said. "We wanted to do ours based on staff time."



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