CRESWELL, Ore. – Two of the organizers of the controversial Fourth of July parade in Creswell are facing fines for not having a permit.
Sgt. Scott Denham with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said it’s a safety issue because the parade affected traffic and put young children in danger when people threw candy in the streets.
Organizer Julie Bivens, who lives in the rural Creswell area, has been cited for violating two city ordinances, which carry a collective fine of $2,550. The sheriff’s office said the citations concern not having a permit to hold a parade and soliciting or confederating to violate an ordinance.
Another organizer, Chris Tough of Cottage Grove, has reportedly been out of town and will be cited when he returns for the same ordinance violations as Bivens. Tough reportedly told Denham that he no longer affiliates himself with the Proud Boys.
Denham said the citations have nothing to do with the message or affiliations of those that participated. It was strictly a public safety concern.
A permit to hold a parade is only $100 and is not intended to be cost prohibitive. When filing for a permit, an event organizer must present a safety plan with the application.
Sgt. Denham and two other deputies were at the parade, but the others were called away in response to emergency calls.
Up to about 1,500 people attended this year’s parade, Denham estimated. In other years, there’s been up to 15,000 people that attended Creswell’s Fourth of July parade.
Bivens will be in court at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11.