TO:Mayor: Brian Loughmiller
FROM: Blynda Christian, Founder, Artistic Krewe of Barkus
RE: Reconsider prohibiting the use of downtown McKinney for fairs, festivals, and community events.
I was notified by Amy Rosenthal, MPAC and Main Street Program Director, that due to an impending recommendation by a subcommittee of the City Council, the Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras parade would no longer be allowed to use the streets in downtown McKinney.
For 14 years the Barkus parade has been a tremendous source of civic pride and community involvement. It is one of the most highly publicized family-friendly events in all of north Texas. Newspapers, television, and radio stations from Dallas and Fort Worth cover the event each year and the positive publicity our city receives is priceless.
The staff at Main Street has been incredibly supportive and we take pride each year in introducing thousands of people to the charm of our city. The Krewe of Barkus parade is a showcase for the restaurants and businesses downtown. If we strive to be a "live, work, play" community we must think of the impact a recommendation like this will have on our ability to attract new development. I urge you to reconsider this recommendation to ban festivals and parades from a public relations standpoint.
PLEASE RECONSIDER THE RECOMMENDATION
Barkus is one of McKinney's best marketing tools. Don't ban Barkus - give people another reason to come to downtown McKinney. Please contact me so we can save this wonderful event.