The discussion on the date of the Christmas parade continues | New
Johnson, who is also a member of the parade committee, supports moving the parade to Friday’s date and said the biggest issue was parking. He also agreed with Goolsby that the seating the night before the parade and the morning of the parade should stop.
“If we had a hundred designated places right now, in an area close to Corks & Cattle and Annie’s or by The Rawls – which were the three restaurants that were represented, and it was great that they were there – I wouldn’t don’t think we “I have this problem,” he said. “Across the track towards the EMS facility, if that grassy area was a parking lot for everyone, I don’t think we would have that problem.
“The other thing is the people who come the day before and in the morning to park. You can’t shut it down, because businesses need people to use those spaces there… unless you put a sign that says “No parking after 3 hours” or “No parking after 4 hours” “
Johnson said Chad Wester, president of the Downtown Enterprise Business Association, presented a poll and said the answers don’t tip one way or another. He also said he had also spoken to several churches and students who were in favor of holding the parade on a Friday night.
“I have to listen to everyone in the community, and working in the back of the parade for at least 10 years, several people, churches and students have said, ‘Why is it a school night? After that we have to go straight home, ”he said. “On a Friday night, the majority of people who attend the parade can go out and spend their money downtown or in town.”