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State rains on Wakarusa parade

Festival didn’t have lease for event

June 8, 2006

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There won't be a Mardi Gras-style parade Saturday at Wakarusa Fest. It's been canceled.

But don't blame the weather.

State officials pulled the plug after realizing the event wasn't part of the festival's lease on Clinton State Park.

"Any special event had to be specified beforehand," said LeAnn Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

"A parade wasn't part of the contract," she said.

Schmitt said the department is not opposed to allowing parades at state parks.

"If they want to have a parade next year, I'm sure the details can be worked out and added to the contract," she said.

The cancellation caught festival organizers off-guard.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will perform Saturday at the Wakarusa Festival. The members were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and now are scattered throughout the country. They were going to lead a parade, but the state put an end to it.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will perform Saturday at the Wakarusa Festival. The members were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and now are scattered throughout the country. They were going to lead a parade, but the state put an end to it.

"All I know is that the state called and said we weren't allowed to do the parade," festival spokeswoman Heather Lofflin said Wednesday.

The now-canceled plans called for the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band leading an open-to-all, Mardi Gras-style parade through the staging areas, complete with floats, costumed participants and a 50-foot Chinese dragon.

Whether a parade is added to next year's contract remains to be seen.

"We like the idea, but at this point, plans for next year are pretty much up in the air," Lofflin said. "I can't say anything definitive."

For the use of Clinton State Park, festival organizers agreed to pay the state $30,000, plus $3 for each of the first 10,000 attendees and $4 each after the first 10,000.

The festival also put up $8,000 for water-line improvements.

Last year's attendance was about 50,000 over the course of the festival, with daily attendance capped at 15,000.

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Comments

bmwjhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Stupid. This festival is starting to have a really exciting nation-wide buzz and it seems like the state wants to do everything it can to kill it.

Nikki May 11 years, 4 months ago

That's just weird. I mean, I'm not a parade fan, but wow what a weird thing to block.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 4 months ago

How irritating. Good grief. Someone is out to squelch this festival, aren't they.

Give them the damn parade. It's still two days before the scheduled event. Someone tell me why they can't do that!

Kansas - as (fill in the blank) as you think.

trinity 11 years, 4 months ago

ask ethel merman!

IIIIIIIII LOVE A PARAAAAAAAAADE.... absolutely cannot believe this...just another in the ever-growing line of banned things; balloons, fireworks, ciggies, now parades. sigh

quigley 11 years, 4 months ago

Ok........Kansas- as (smart for doing whatever they can to limit the number of transient losers) as you think.

gr 11 years, 4 months ago

The article didn't seem to indicate parades are banned - just it wasn't properly listed. Kind of like, you're the only customer in the room, and the customer service rep tells you you're in the wrong line. So you go over to the right line, and he runs around and asks if he can help you....

Or, you don't have a permit to put up a sign. You must tear it down. As you take the last part down, they give you the permit and say you can put it up now.

inkline 11 years, 4 months ago

Blaming state government is just too easy these days. This park belongs to the residents of Kansas. Park officials, who are charged by the people to care and secure these parks for everyone's use today and tomorrow, just want to have things spelled out and organized ahead of time to provide for the legal liability of both parties in the contract. The leasee has to show that they have a plan and can properly secure the safety of it's attendies and the condition of the park. Late planning holds a greater risk of things going wrong. This was just poor advance planning on the part of the organizers. Hopefully the organizers can meet after this year's event and evaluate what worked and what didn't in a constructive manner. By the time they are ready to work out a contract for next year's event they will be ready.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 4 months ago

"You can bet that the Three Stooges on the Kommission had something to do with this!"

It's a state park, Marion. The city commission has absolutely zero jurisdiction over this.

"They have "visions", you know!"

I bet you do know about "visions."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 4 months ago

"an open-to-all, Mardi Gras-style parade through the staging areas, "

The parade was to go through grounds they are already leasing. To suggest that concert organizers were trying to slip one over on the state are just absurd.

Unless they can show a specific ordinance that required them to stop the parade, the state officials who made this decision are guilty of a pointless and arbitrary decision, at best.

average 11 years, 4 months ago

If, as I hope, 'unauthorized' parades break out all over the place at Wakarusa this year... I have at least some hope for the future of this nation.

quigley 11 years, 4 months ago

"aaaahhhh maaaann, we're just trying to be all high maaaaaaannn. Now we can't have a parade maaaaaann....maybe they should just crash at your place marion.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 4 months ago

"all you clowns want to do is rag on it because it doesn't serve you in any way and you're not interested."

Overall, very well put, quitbitchin, but some of us clowns and bozos will be at the festival-- and the parade would have been harmless good fun.

Confrontation 11 years, 4 months ago

I suppose state officials are just trying to make sure no one gets sued. When one of the smelly and drugged hippies gets run over by a tuba during the parade, who do you think they're going to blame?

quigley 11 years, 4 months ago

quitbitchin- I dont think anyone cares that people are having a good time. I think people care that this fest brings tons more crime and drugs to this town. Maybe if the festival would clean up its image, it could shed the "dirty hippie" label that some are putting on it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 4 months ago

"I think people care that this fest brings tons more crime and drugs to this town. "

Yea, the town was little a regular little Baghdad the last two festivals.

quigley 11 years, 4 months ago

Heeeeeeeyyyy maaaaannnn, dont call me ignorant maaaaannn. Maybe you need some more of this good stuff maaann, I thought this was a place to express your opinions.....

Sorry It took so long to reply quitbitchin, I dont have time to sit on here between tokes and type maaaaaann, I've got a job maaaaaaaaaaannnn.....

nicole 11 years, 4 months ago

wow quigley, you can make fun of people that aren't like you, and make up sweeping generalizations. if i worked at ljworld i'd probably erase about half your comments just to make the world a slightly better place. ... i mean honestly, the sense of unbridled jealously in your remarks is palpable. you must be envious of those who know how to enjoy music, i dont hate you though...in the words of michael franti "everyone deserves music"

p.s. i wonder how many confiscated bags were from locals, ... a whole lot...

...lol, good weekend for pot dealers in lawrence, every one had their stash robbed from them at the gate by the police state, now they have to turn around and buy yet another bag , yippie!

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