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Last-ditch plea for volunteers saves Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s a Thanksgiving’s eve miracle!
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 12:44 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The 30th annual Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade is on!

There was doubt about the parade as late as noon on Wednesday due to an issue with volunteer signups. The Cincinnati Police Department informed parade organizers they needed 47 volunteers—the same as in previous years—or the parade would be canceled.

The parade’s Facebook page shared an urgent request for volunteers late Wednesday morning saying CPD would cancel the parade if the volunteers were not found by 1 p.m.

“Through a series of unfortunate events including the pandemic, students who used to do this weren’t recruited and CPD WILL require this number of volunteers to place and stand by barricades at intersections during the Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade,” the post by Laura Hamilton, former president of the West Price Hill Community Council, read.

CPD issued a statement at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday saying the parade had gotten to its volunteer goal. “We will see everyone tomorrow, rain or shine!”

The CPD spokesperson explains that on Monday, following the deadly Wisconsin parade crash, District 3 reached out to organizers to inform them CPD would be providing additional police personnel than in years past.

During that conversation, CPD asked if all volunteer positions had been accounted for. The spokesperson says going back five years CPD has requested that the parade provide 47 volunteers to man barricades at intersections not staffed by police.

“The use of volunteers to help with traffic is a cost-saving effort by parade organizers,” the spokesperson said.

As of Monday, the volunteer positions were not filled, prompting the organizers’ last-minute effort to secure volunteer signups.

“Despite rain in the forecast, CPD is once again looking forward to being back with everyone at this decades-long tradition after a year off because of COVID,” the spokesperson said.

Traditionally the parade assembles on Ferguson Road and fills a four-block area from Glenway to Western Hills High School.

It features a huge assembly of floats, school groups, businesses, church groups, clubs, families, community leaders and classic cars.

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