The Independence Day parade is back in the city of Boise.
The parade was gone for a few years. This year, a new group has come together to host the event.
“We The People 4th of July Parade Celebration, Inc. (We The People) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. This organization is the facilitator of the parade. Additionally, Outdoor Event Group is contracted by We The People to function as the event organizer.”Advertisement
The information about the event can be found on the new website, Idaho 4th of July Parade from Boise (boise4th.com)
Participants have been preparing their floats and entries for the event, which is now just a few days away. Dated June 27, but sent out June 28, just 6 days ahead of the festivities, an email landed in their inboxes that caused some to pause.
The organizers of the parade have decided to add an addendum to the rules that were originally sent to entrants. The text of the addendum reads,
“Additionally, in consultation with local public safety officials, the parade organizers add the following parade entry requirement which all entries must follow:
No open carry of weapons or firearms will be permitted. The only exception to this is sworn law enforcement officers, uniformed military Honor Guard personnel or those participating in an authorized armed Color Guard.
This additional parade entry requirement ensures the focus on the parade’s intent to safely celebrate our Nation’s founding. The parade organizers greatly appreciate your adherence to this amended entry requirement.”Advertisement
The addendum is an attached document that requires the parade participant to agree to the new terms, sign the addendum document, and return the signed document to the organizers before the parade on Tuesday.Addendum letter
Greg Pruett of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance responded to the addendum email sent to parade participants by saying,
“Just as we anticipated, the Supreme Court’s decision to undermine the right to keep and bear arms on public property in Idaho has already begun. Of all the days for the organizers of the parade to put restrictions on the second amendment, it has to be on “Independence Day.” These restrictions by private organizations on public property is only going to get worse. How long before Mayor McLean decides that all Boise city parks will be ran by a nonprofit organization who will then ban firearms throughout the city. It’s coming, unless the legislature acts and fixes the problem.”
Pruett is referencing the Idaho Supreme Court decision that came out just days ago. Idaho Dispatch reported on that here: Breaking: ISAA Loses in Idaho Supreme Court, Calls For Special Session of the Idaho Legislature – Idaho Dispatch
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