Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez is still trying to reach a resolution with the city about how much parades and festivals should have to pay for services like police and sanitation. After a meeting with the Nutter administration yesterday, Quinones-Sanchez today sent Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison a proposal for a new policy that would limit costs for neighborhood and ethic events..
Mayor Nutter last week vetoed legislation sponsored by Quinones-Sanchez that would require the city to pay policing costs for parades and other special events. Nutter announced in 2008 that the city would start charging for police and sanitation costs related to special events, due to financial constraints. It was a controversial announcement, particularly to the city's ethnic parades like the St. Patrick's Day and Puerto Rican Day parades and the two sides have battled over determining the true costs.
In her proposal today, Quinones-Sanchez says that, based on police data, the 72 neighborhood and ethnic events in the city last year cost the city less than $200,000. That does not include the Mummer's Parade.
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady has created a non-profit to help cover parade costs. That fund - the Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund - was awarded $500,000 by philanthropist H.F "Gerry" Lenfest. It will provide aid to the Mummers and ethnic parades and festivals.