Security Fee Dooms Christmas Parade

It appears Escondido’s annual Christmas parade is getting the heave-ho-ho-ho.
Organizers say they may be forced to cancel the December procession down Broadway because they can’t raise enough money cover a new $15,600 city security fee, which was recently imposed by the budget-strapped city.

When the security fee was announced a few months ago, the Escondido Rotary Club and the East Valley merchants association indicated they would help to make sure the Escondido Jaycees parade continues.

But Rotary Club president Mary Geerdes says the group can’t pay the entire amount and East Valley Association president Jon Hudson says his group had only planned to provide manpower and never had any money to give.

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