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Dec 10, 2013 12:05 PM

Saving Candy Cane Lane Celebration

CORPUS CHRISTI - One of Corpus Christi's biggest Christmas traditions is back on track after facing some serious problems that threatened to shut it down. Candy Cane Lane will be scaled back this year, but it's still on. Thanks to some help from KRIS Communications and a leeway granted by the city.

Homeowners in a neighborhood near Everhart and Wooldridge decorate their houses and hold a small parade ever year. It starts on Donegal Street and goes down other streets.

One thing is for sure, there will not be a parade along Candy Cane Lane. That's because the City of Corpus Christi just doesn't have the resources to cover that event and a parade scheduled in advance in Calallen.

City officials told organizers that if they wanted to keep the block party they'd have to pay for what little resources were left.

Event Coordinator Irene Bocanegra says the additional fees required were "really ridiculous."

Here's a look:

  • $300 for permitting fee from city
  • $800 for barricades
  • $35 per hour for each off-duty police officer
  • $500 for event insurance

Lucky for the event coordinators, a number of people stepped up to pay those costs. KRIS Communications took care of the insurance costs, the city waived the barricade and police officer fees, and also found a sponsor to pay the permitting fee.

Bocanegra says there's no need to worry about a ruined event without a parade. "That's ok. We promise Santa will arrive in style. We promise there will be laughter and joy, there will be music, there will be celebration. there's a reason to celebrate this season."

The block party will be on December 21st from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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