Dogwood Arts Parade canceled for 2013

Dogwood Arts Parade canceled for 2013


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After facing hurdles planning the 2012 parade, officials with the Dogwood Arts Festival announced Tuesday they are canceling the parade for 2013.

Officials said they received fewer applications for participants this year. That, combined with the rising cost of helium gas for balloons and floats, led them to cancel next year's event.

"The parade committee worked hard to recruit local bands, floats, performing units and wanted more helium balloons," said Dogwood Arts Executive Director Lisa Duncan. "Due to the lack of community and corporate support, Dogwood Arts will no longer host the parade."

Duncan said that over the last four years, applications to participate in the parade have dropped from 82 to just 42. The number of marching bands also dropped from nine in 2009 to just two in 2012.

The group also said their goal is to develop Knoxville as an arts destination and the parade did not fit within that goal.

Officials say they will use the extra manpower and money that was spent on the parade in 2012 to develop more film components for the festival in 2013.


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