Editor’s note: This story has been altered to correct information related to the city’s input and also information related to the parade route.
Organizers of this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade will shorten this year’s parade route.
Main Street Roswell President Molly Boyles said Thursday that during an Aug. 1 meeting with Roswell City Manager Joe Neeb, Tourism and Events Director Allison Gray and Public Affairs Director Juanita Jennings, an agreement had been reached.
Boyles said Main Street Roswell is in the process of developing another permit that will outline the parade route: from Main and Fourth Streets to Main and Ninth Streets.
The parade traditionally has run from Fourth Street up to College Boulevard and ended at Stepp Field.
Organizers are still planning to hold a ceremony before the parade that will include music, a speaker and a wreath-laying as has been done in the past, Boyles said.
Boyles said city officials are concerned the traditional parade route would make it more difficult for the city to redirect traffic and for visitors and merchants to get around during an event the Potter’s Guild is scheduled to have that same weekend at the Roswell Civic and Convention Center, which is also on Main Street.
Parade organizers hope the city will partner with them to waive fees the city usually charges organizers of events for services such as police protection and blocking off streets. Boyles said that she does not know if the request by Main Street Roswell to have the city partner with them will be granted.
Boyles said that in mid-May city officials said if the parade was to be the traditional route, it would cost Main Street an estimated $4,750.
The request for the city to waive fees must be approved by the city finance committee and then the City Council, she said.
Boyles said she does not know when the Finance Committee will vote on the issue, but hopes people will urge the city to partner with parade organizers.
She said the city agreeing to cover such costs will be helpful, but there will still be expenses Main Street Roswell needs to pay and so her group will be doing some fundraising for the parade with any leftover funds going to a charity for veterans.
Boyles said this year, she and other organizers are aiming to get the community more involved by encouraging businesses and organizations to have a sign or banner in the parade.
Though logos of other groups and businesses will be on signs in the parade, she said the focus on each sign will be honoring military veterans with each participating business having its logo in smaller print.
She said the traditional ban on political or campaign signs in the parade will remain in place.
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