Aledo Police Department - Aledo street closing for Homecoming Parade

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Aledo Police Department will be closing the east side of College Avenue from NE 2nd St. to Central Park on Thursday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. This will give us time to clear that side of the street before the 6:00 p.m. parade start time. After discussion at the last City Council meeting dealing with safety issues, it was determined to close only the east side of College Avenue. This will give the parade participants more room and also hopefully help with the safety issue of candy being thrown or handed out.

The issue of candy being thrown is a concern, and in fact there is a city ordinance (6-4-54) that states it shall be unlawful to throw, hand or deliver, or cause to have thrown, handed or delivered, any candy, treats or any tangible articles for any vehicle participating in any parade. This includes vehicles, hayracks or any type vehicle that is participating in the parade, regardless of if the vehicle is moving or stationary. If participants want to hand out candy, they need to walk alongside the parade route, closest to the crowd and hand out the candy. We ask parents and adults to help us monitor this situation and keep your children back, and don't let them run out into the street to pick up any candy. For some of the larger size equipment that is in the parade, the visibility from those vehicles is limited to seeing close to the ground or street. We want this parade to be enjoyable for all, but safety comes first.

For additional information, contact J. Michael Sponsler, Asst. Chief of Police at 309-582-2330.