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Parade route reinstated for Filipino festival

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THE Filipino community is rejoicing after a civic committee voted to save their preferred route for the Filipino Street Festival Parade.

However, not everyone, including the city's fire and paramedic service, is celebrating.

Manitoba Filipino Street Festival Inc. was shocked to learn this month that after two years of routing its annual parade down McPhillips Street, the city had denied it a parade permit.

Representatives and supporters of the annual summer festival came to Tuesday's public works committee meeting to appeal the decision, which city officials said was based on safety concerns for the route.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 24/6/2015 (1486 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

THE Filipino community is rejoicing after a civic committee voted to save their preferred route for the Filipino Street Festival Parade.

However, not everyone, including the city's fire and paramedic service, is celebrating.

Manitoba Filipino Street Festival Inc. was shocked to learn this month that after two years of routing its annual parade down McPhillips Street, the city had denied it a parade permit.

Representatives and supporters of the annual summer festival came to Tuesday's public works committee meeting to appeal the decision, which city officials said was based on safety concerns for the route.

Officials from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service noted at the heart of the matter was access for emergency vehicles.

A city report on the matter stated close to 1,250 vehicles per hour use northbound McPhillips between 9 a.m. and noon on a Saturday. It also noted the stretch is a direct route to Seven Oaks Hospital, with no direct detours.

Last year, an out-of-town ambulance arrived at Inkster Boulevard and McPhillips Street without the information the road was closed and attempted to use a detour to get to Seven Oaks Hospital.

"The parade essentially put the safety of that patient in jeopardy," said Stan Stone, of the fire paramedic service.

Instead, emergency officials suggested organizers use the city's downtown parade route, which is a tested route that doesn't present any issues.

Organizers rejected the idea, noting they are too small to organize a large-scale route for their parade.

An alternative route, closer to the proposed area, was also discussed with organizers and city officials, which would see them use Leila Avenue with the same end point at Garden City Shopping Centre.

However, the festival's chairwoman, Aida Champagne, argued McPhillips offers the most direct and logical route for the parade.

The route takes one hour and 45 minutes from Northgate Shopping Centre along McPhillips to the Garden City parking lot.

On average, 12,000 people line the route of the parade and more than 1,000 people participate, she said.

Committee members were divided on the issue, with Couns. Devi Sharma, Cindy Gilroy and Shawn Dobson voting in favour of the appeal.

kristin.annable@freepress.mb,ca

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Updated on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1:10 PM CDT: Adds Mayor's comments on Wednesday.

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