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Bangor officials discuss return of parades to the city this summer

Bangor officials discuss return of parades to the city this summer
Bangor officials discuss return of parades to the city this summer
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 11:22 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - There’s a good chance parades could be back on in Bangor this summer.

The discussion about holding parades in the future seemed positive at Bangor’s Government Operations Committee meeting Tuesday.

Members assigned to the Government Operations Committee seemed to be on board with the Fourth of July parade.

They talked about new coronavirus guidance was released by the U.S. CDC and Gov. Janet Mills and how this could lead to the start of parades again.

Bangor City Councilor Jonathon Sprague raised this concern about holding parades may be too soon.

“What we are going to end up with is a significant number of unvaccinated people in close proximity to each other crowded up watching the parade,” Bangor City Councilor Jonathon Sprague said. “We can’t spread them out. We really want to have a parade, but I think it’s a very risky effort.”

“Not so much worried about the parade participants we know they will be safe,” Michael Fern, who handles the Fourth of July parade, said. “I think for the public in general if you don’t have a vaccine and you are at risk we can encourage you to wear a mask or choose not to come. It does come back to personal responsibility then.”

The Director of Bangor Parks and Recreation Tracey Willette says there are plans for Memorial Day.

He says those are still in the works, but for now, the people who put on the event are looking at maybe holding a standalone event at the waterfront.

More details to come on that soon.

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