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DC’s Cherry Blossom Parade Will Go On!

From an immensely relieved Associated Press:

Government shutdown won’t stop D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Parade

By Brett Zongker, Associated Press

April 8, 2011

WASHINGTON – Organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade say their event will go on regardless of a potential government shutdown.

Spokeswoman Danielle Piacente said Friday that if there is a government shutdown, the parade route on Constitution Avenue will be shortened.

Part of the road is under National Park Service jurisdiction.

So part of a major thoroughfare through Washington, DC will be closed down because it is under federal jurisdiction? In point of fact, aren’t all of the roads in Washington DC are under federal jurisdiction?

So if there’s a shutdown, the parade will run Saturday morning on Constitution from 7th Street to 14th Street to avoid crossing into Park Service territory. Piacente says D.C. police would provide extra support if U.S. Park Police aren’t available.

Festival organizers have been determined not to cancel the parade. Some participants are traveling from as far away as Japan. Also, 13 marching bands are scheduled to participate, including bands from Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama and New York.

How much do you want to bet this is Mr. Obama’s pulling strings behind the scenes? Naturally, he is too modest to take any credit.

What a man.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “DC’s Cherry Blossom Parade Will Go On!”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    That’s right! And just in case you unessential federal workers missed every news brief on the radio yesterday, don’t you dare think about showing up to work or using your blackberrys or you’re in big trouble, like CRIMINAL trouble! Those evil Republicans who want to wipe out the government are coming to getcha!

    • River0 says:

      But…but…Harry Reid said today on TV that it would have to be canceled. Nothing can happen unless the Feds do it! We’re all hopeless nincompoops now!

  2. proreason says:

    The way I read this is that private enterprise can always find a way to make do.

    If the organizers were under gubamint control, and one detail of the 2,000 page Affordable Cherry Blossom Parade Ordinance was out of compliance with the 50-year old regulation….the parade would be shut down. Of course, the gubamint bureaucrats would still be paid overtime for their herculean efforts (unless on break, lunch, sick leave, maternity leave, holiday, vacation or excused absence) . That goes without saying.

  3. “Government shutdown won’t stop D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Parade”

    Mr. Obama pulling strings behind the scenes?

    Maybe. Dear Leader’s concerns for his people are ubiquitous.

    Or, it could be an anthem to the success of privately funded organizations (which do not have to answer to a bunch of hass ats in Congress) to accomplish their goals in spite of frustrations, obstacles, and morons.

    Just don’t expect the AP to connect those dots.

  4. wirenut says:

    A little late on this, but here it goes. The Won, “is” the cherry in D.C.! Ubiquitous, love that word Locomotivebreath. Sums it all up into Won package. He’s also the sweetheart of every rodeo. One question though. If you held a parade without big government involvement, would Any-Won come? Anyone?


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