In a fun-killing move of Palo Alto proportions, the yearly “How Berkeley Can You Be?” parade has been canceled. No doubt, a terrible gloom will hang over the alcohol and nudity free length of University Avenue this summer. This sad news follows a Fire and Police Department declaration that an extra $8,000 would be necessary to maintain safe levels of Berkeleyness at the event. Surely, a resounding cry of “lame” echoed from the heavens following this demand.
The parade has run for 12 straight years and even receives an $8,000 grant from the city (though $16,000 worth of hedonism apparently goes down.) However, its awesomeness has been slowly draining over the years in the face of increasing pressure not to invite the nudists and restrictions against longstanding parade traditions like throwing candy and serving booze. Indeed, one might say the die was cast when alcohol service was limited to a small fenced off area, decreasing the festival’s revenue by 75 percent.
Nonetheless, festival organizers hint that the festival might return in full swing next year, assuming they can grab a couple corporate sponsorships. The Clog sheds a tear at this irony, but crosses its fingers for the future of this beloved event just the same.
Tags:Alcohol, Berkeley Fire Department, How Berkeley Can You Be, no fun, nudity, parade
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