The St. Patrick's Parade in Independence will not take place this year.
The Jackson County Shrine Club has hosted the parade, with proceeds benefiting Child Abuse Prevention Association, or CAPA. With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Sunday this year, the parade was scheduled for Saturday, but earlier this month the Shrine Club's parade committee decided its required cost was too much to stomach.
In a memo circulated to explain the cancelation, Les Wight said the club submitted a permit application as in past years, but the parade committee decided on March 5 that the $1,380 insurance premium and approximately $300 to rent barricades could not be justified considering the amount of money it hoped to raise from parade participants for CAPA.
The city altered its application process and policy for special-event permits last spring to better ensure all necessary departments approved the application, city spokesperson Meg Lewis said. Barricades cost $7 each if rented from the city, though barricades can be obtained from private parties, according to city policy.
It is unknown how much the Shrine paid in years before for the parade. Lewis said it did not pay for barricades last year, and the required insurance coverage did not change this year from before. Any entity holding an event on city property is asked to provide certificate of insurance showing liability coverage of $1 million combined single-limit coverage and $2 million aggregate coverage with the city named as an additional insurer.
“This is not the city's decision,” Lewis said of the parade being canceled. “It was made by the entity.”
Wight could not be reached Wednesday for further comment.
Sugar Creek will have its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Blue Springs' 42nd annual parade – the “world's shortest and smallest” – will be at 9 a.m. Saturday across Main Street downtown.