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2021 Three Rivers Festival Parade a focus of board meeting Monday night; City concerned about safety

Three Rivers Festival Parade

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The future of this year's Three Rivers Festival parade is on the table during a closed door meeting set to take place Monday evening, ABC21 has learned.

Board members will discuss whether the traditional summertime event can go forward, as planned.

Several sources indicate the meeting follows discussions between Three Rivers Festival representatives and city leaders.

Those conversations centered on concerns regarding a large-scale gathering downtown while the community works to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the festival's website, "more than 50,000 of our closest friends and neighbors line the streets of downtown Fort Wayne to witness the floats, hear the bands, and celebrate our community at the official kickoff to the Three Rivers Festival."

Last year's Three Rivers Festival was called off entirely.

The parade this summer is scheduled for July 10 at 10 a.m.

Its theme -- announced in March -- is  "Coming Together: Fort Wayne's Past, Present & Future."

Organizers said it was selected to celebrate the value of community.

ABC21 is the broadcast home of the Three Rivers Festival Parade.

The festival's full schedule runs from July 9 through July 17.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC21 for updates.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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