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My friend and I attend the 4th of July parade together with our children every year. It has become a tradition that we both look forward to. I have lamented the decline in actual floats being put together by organizations, but I do appreciate the enthusiasm of participants as they walk the course.

However, it was difficult to enjoy the parade fully this year due to one issue: water cannons. In the past, there have always been one or two of these, which are sprayed into the air to mist the crowd. This year was different. This year we were sprayed by no less than 10 different water cannons, all of which were aimed directly at spectators, causing us to become unbelievably drenched as we sat in our chairs and did our best to duck away from the tsunami headed our way. It was awful. At one point, I took a direct hit to the face, while the woman sitting next to me with a three-week old baby in her arms did her best to shield the infant from the force of the spray. She was less than successful.

It seems that more and more organizations would rather use something like a water cannon than put actual man power into building a festive float to drive through the route. Let’s make an effort next year to bring back the music and colorful floats that made this parade so much fun in the past. And please, ditch the water cannons. I’ll pack my umbrella next year just in case.

Sincerely,

A Citizen in Need of a Towel

AMANDA DELANO

Flagstaff

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