SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - New rules mean this year's Twilight Parade during the Illinois State Fair will likely be smaller and end earlier than in the past.
State Fair spokeswoman Rebecca Clark said officials are attempting to shorten Thursday evening's parade because the city of Springfield cited traffic safety concerns due to street closures.
"In addition, it is in the fair's best interest to shorten the parade due to the overtime costs the city of Springfield's Public Works Department and Springfield Police Department charge the state for trash pick-up, barricade removal and other services," she said.
Officials have added a 50-person limit for each parade entrant this year, The State Journal-Register reported. There will also be a participant fee of up to $150 in addition to the $25 parade entry fee.
Clark said the parade has had nearly 70 entries this year. There were 76 entries and another 17 honor guards last year.
"So far, (the fee) hasn't affected the number of parade entries," Clark said. "We have more than we thought we'd get."
Clark said honor guards and high school marching bands are exempt from the participant fee. High school cheerleading squads are also exempt if they're part of a band entry.
The Central Illinois Film Commission had a float with 11 riders and 25 walkers last year, according to Dean Williams, president of the organization. This year, the commission will be limiting its entry to 10 participants.
"I wish we didn't have to pay the extra fee," Williams said. "We would have more Hollywood characters and more walkers."
Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com