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FOURTH OF JULY DRONE SHOW CANCELLED

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
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FOURTH OF JULY DRONE SHOW CANCELLED
 
Aspen, CO (July 2, 2019) — The Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) has announced that the Fourth of July Drone Show scheduled for July 4th at 9:15 p.m. has been cancelled due to technical problems that the drone company is experiencing.
 
According to Matthew Quinn, owner and CEO of Great Lakes Drone Company, who were contracted to produce the show, “in an effort to maintain the highest safety and quality performance standards, we have issued a safety stand down to our drone light show fleet until further notice. We identified a backend communications logic failure with our software and communications equipment. Until our software vendor can thoroughly identify and correct this issue through performance-based testing, we will keep our fleet grounded. As hard as this decision is for any company to make, we feel it is the right one and in line with the aviation industry standards of safety."
 
Jennifer Albright Carney, Vice President of Event Marketing for ACRA commented, “we are of course disappointed to have the drone show cancelled so close to the Fourth of July holiday. Given the potential for heightened fire danger, as Aspen and the West have seen in past years, ACRA had the foresight to bring in this new technology to the Fourth of July celebration. The drone show is a great innovative solution, but sometimes with new technologies, come the possibility of technical difficulties. We were informed by Great Lakes Drone Company, who were contracted to produce the show, that they were having some software issues that they were hoping to resolve.”
 
ACRA had already planned to add additional Fourth of July night-time festivities for locals and visitors, including a community party at Wagner Park with DJ Naka G playing from 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  A laser light display, originally slated to take place after the drone show, will now take place at 9:15 p.m.  The laser light show is produced by Laser Encore, which has decades of experience in producing spectacular laser light shows.
 
In addition, the 2nd Annual July 4th Block Party is still scheduled for 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. produced by Aspen Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD), Mountain Rescue Aspen, and ACRA. There will be food, a beer garden and live music, with all proceeds from food and drink proceeds going to AVFD and Mountain Rescue.
 
The annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration is when this mountain town shows off all its whimsical Colorado charm. There’s no shortage of family fun during Aspen’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration, – from the morning Boogie’s five-mile charity run or one-mile family and canine walk, to kid’s bike decorating and carnival, the decorative floats during the annual parade through town, and community celebrations.
 
All of the Independence Day activities in Aspen are free, unless otherwise noted. Highlights include the following: the Boogie’s Buddy Race at 8 a.m. ($45); Kids Bicycle Decoration and Carnival starting at 9:30 a.m. at Paepcke Park; annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade through town starting at 11 a.m.; the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club Benefit Picnic from 12 -3 p.m. in Koch Park ($20/adult, $10/children 12 and under); Aspen Music Festival and School free concert at the Benedict Music Tent at 4 p.m.; and the Raconteurs at Belly Up at 9 p.m.(ticketed event).
 
In addition to the vast array of activities happening on Independence Day, there’s also world-class biking, hiking, water sports, dining and shopping. The arts and cultural organizations’ summer festivals and events will be in full swing by then including the Aspen Music Festival and School concerts, Theatre Aspen productions, the Aspen Institute community programs, Jazz Aspen Snowmass JAS Café concerts, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performances, and Aspen Words events.
 
 
 
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About Aspen
Aspen, Colorado is an authentic mountain town that combines a year-round outdoor lifestyle with a cosmopolitan cultural calendar and busting downtown ambiance. An endless array of arts, culture, dining, and nightlife give Aspen an urbane feel that belies its small-town charm. An Aspen vacation is a mind, body, spirit experience, whether learning a new skill, feeding a fascination, or simply absorbing the mountain spirit.
 
For visitor information, a complete calendar of events, or to book an Aspen vacation, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.
 
 
 
 

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

 

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