PARADISE, Calif. - A Gold Nugget Day parade tradition ends after about 20 years. The Gold Nugget museum board had decided to end the Devil Mountain Brigade's gunfire which symbolizes the parade's end.
Action News Now spoke with Gold Nugget board CEO and executive director Mark Thorp, and the board made this decision for several reasons.
The gunshots are blanks, but Thorp said people of the community reached out expressing safety and noise concerns, but quite a few people are upset at the news. One woman feels so strongly about this tradition, she started a petition.
"We've gotten almost 300 signatures," said Sara Choate. Choate has the petition available to sign at her work at the NAPA Auto store in Paradise.
Throp told Action News Now the gun firing has impacted dogs, young kids, and veterans. However, quite a few people are sad to see it go and think there are other options.
"I know somebody else who's a veteran, and they leave the parade before it ends because of the gunshots," said Bethanie Proctor. "So, that's another way to avoid the gunshots."
Thorp also said another reason the firearms won't be allowed is due to insurance purposes. If something went wrong at the parade involving firearms, the organization wouldn't be able to cover it.
Thorp says the Devil Mountain Brigade can still participate in the parade, but not with the firearms. He says the board contacts the brigade to find other solutions. The board is even encouraging public feedback and ideas for alternative solutions.
This year's parade is set for Saturday, April 29th.