CEBU CITY—If you’re raring to get drunk and wasted throughout the Sinulog Grand Parade, higher assume once more.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has prohibited any street party and ingesting along the 6-kilometer parade route to forestall a repeat of the stampede on General Maxilom Avenue in final 12 months’s parade.
Several revelers have been harm within the stampede whereas photographs of drunk younger women and men slumped on the streets have been trending on Facebook.
Senior Supt. Joel Doria, Cebu City police director, stated revelers ought to take the warning severely.
“If you cause disorder during or after the parade, then we will get you,” Doria stated.
He stated that a minimum of six cellular jails shall be stationed in areas along the parade route.
“We will be lenient. But if your actions are too much, to the point of hurting other people, then you will receive the consequences of your actions,” he added.
Organizers stated ingesting of liquor and different alcoholic drinks shall be prohibited along the route of the Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday, the end result of the 10-day festivities in celebration of the feast of the Holy Child Jesus.
But a number of adjustments shall be imposed throughout this 12 months’s celebration.
Revelers would now not get to see the 10-minute fireworks show that will usually shut the annual festivity.
The parade route would even be shorter by a minimum of a kilometer, stated Ricky Ballesteros, government director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc.
Spectators, Ballesteros stated, would nonetheless get to see the performances of profitable teams, just like the “Land of Beauty and Bounty” contingent from Lanao del Norte province, which gained within the free interpretation (FI) class final 12 months.
Tribu Katbalaugan, which was second in final 12 months’s FI, had registered for the parade along with the gang favourite, Tangub City Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, that positioned third in final 12 months’s Sinulog-based class.
The nine-day novena for this 12 months’s Fiesta Señor celebration kicked off with the annual “Walk with Jesus” procession, joined by 40,000 devotees, final week.
Ballesteros stated he anticipated fewer individuals this 12 months.
“Naturally (fewer contingents register) after the elections. New mayors have their own priorities, budget. (We expect that) next year most of them will (again) join (the Sinulog). They will not join unless they are prepared,” stated Ballesteros.
The last presentation of individuals shall be held on the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) grandstand.
Ballesteros stated the grand parade will begin at 9 a.m. on the Imus Road meeting space whereas the opening Mass shall be held on the CCSC grand stand.
Dancers will carry out along General Maxilom Avenue, Fuente Osmeña space and Osmeña Boulevard earlier than making their approach to the CCSC grand stand stage for judging.