The city of Washington has designated the route for the annual Washington Town & Country Fair parade — along with the entire fairgrounds — as festival districts.
That means that no one is allowed to bring pets into those areas during designated times. The designation is to protect people and help insure the safety of the crowds. Small pets can become nervous and bite when surrounded by big groups of people.
The festival district times for the Fair parade will begin at noon Sunday, July 29.
For that event the festival district designation will include Front Street, from High Street to Jefferson Street; Jefferson, from Front to Fifth; Fifth, from Jefferson west to High Street; and High, from Fifth to Front.
The restriction only applies to public property. Residents keeping pets on their property are not affected.
For the party after the Fair Parade, the designated festival district is bounded by Front, Olive, West Third, and Jefferson streets and is in effect between 3 p.m. and midnight.
During the annual Washington Fair, which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 5, the entire fairgrounds will be designated a festival district.
Exceptions to the ordinance are livestock, animals in a parade, service animals such as seeing-eye dogs, and police animals like K-9 patrol. People who violate this directive will first be asked to remove their pet from the designated area. If they refuse, they will be charged with violating the ordinance which is punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
The city also has designated a festival district for upcoming Washington Area Chamber of Commerce events.
The events include the Music at the Market events held on Thursdays including May 10, June 14, July 12, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11, from 5-8 p.m.
A festival district also has been declared at the for Friday, June 22, from 6-10 p.m. for the Washington Cajun Festival at the Farmers’ Market on West Main Street.
Another festival district has been declared for Nov. 25 from 3-5 p.m. for the Olde Fashioned Christmas. The district will be on Main Street from Elm to Cedar streets and no parking will be permitted from noon to 6 p.m. There will be no parking on the West Main parking lot from noon to 6 p.m.