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As we celebrate our nation’s Independence this July 4th, we also prepare for a Pueblo West tradition. The annual community Wet N’ Wild parade. This parade is well known for being the largest water fight between both spectators and the participants of the wet section of the parade line up. While we want to have fun and considering water seems to be harmless in many ways, there are some safety issues we want to stress. We encourage everyone to have fun while participating in this interactive parade but also be safe. Here are a few things to remember that will help you accomplish that goal.
Let’s first talk about those who are there making this parade a fun day for all. We have many officials who assist in making this a fabulous event. The Pueblo County Sheriff Office will have deputies along the parade route working with spectators to ensure compliance with keeping people off the roadway while the parade is moving along the route. Additional security officers and parade marshals from the Pueblo West Metro District and fire department will be working alongside the deputies maintaining crowd control. Please respect their authority and follow instructions you are given. They are there to help maintain a safe distance between spectators and the moving parade participants. In no way are they part of the water fight and should not be sprayed with water. You will also see our Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic’s teamed up on bikes to provide emergency assistance during the parade. They too are there for your safety and should not be sprayed with water.
Respect our participants in the “DRY Section” of the parade. They should not be sprayed with water of any method. This section of the parade is for our enjoyment and we ask that you respect their participation in our event and refrain from any water activities. Any violation of this could result in your removal from the parade route by sheriff deputies.
As part of the tradition, the Pueblo West Fire Chief’s Tahoe begins the “WET Section” of the parade and the fight is on. Here is where the event becomes interactive and the tradition continues with a water fight many are envious of. There are some rules everyone needs to be aware of and adhere to so everyone gets wet and can be safe. NO water balloons are permitted. Years ago it was permitted but due to some folks using them to be destructive they have been banned from the parade. We strongly encourage the use of water guns of any type and size, or even make your own “super soakers”. This is the best way to shoot water at everyone. For those of you who seek to bring water tanks and large hoses please use steams of water that is dispersed and not a solid stream. At no time is it permitted to use a fire hydrant as your water source. One of the most consistent problems we have every year is crowd control. While we want this to be interactive we must also be aware of the safety of both the crowd and participants driving vehicles and riding on floats. Please stay along the edge of the roadways and do not approach vehicles of any type spraying water. Obey all traffic control patterns and be cautious of pedestrians moving along the parade route.
If we follow these simple rules everyone will have a fun filled Wet N’ Wild Pueblo West July 4th Parade.
BE SAFE AND BE LEGAL
As you plan your day, please take into consideration the weather conditions. We have already seen many days of 90 and 100-degree temperature this year. Please remember to hydrate yourself with water, avoid beverages with caffeine and alcoholic beverages as you enjoy the day. Protection from the sun is also important so don’t forget the sunscreen. Any method you have to protect from the sun such as umbrellas and pop up tents are encouraged.
Pueblo County is currently under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Our fire danger is very high and we ask you adhere to the fire ban restrictions currently in place. We want to emphasize the use of fireworks is currently an illegal act. Under the current restrictions the use of fireworks of any type is prohibited in Pueblo County to include Pueblo West. Persons found in violation of this order can be assessed a penalty beginning at $250.00 under the authority of the Fire Chief or designee or by the Pueblo County Sheriff Office.
For additional Information please contact:
Chief Brian Caserta