The future of the Springtime Tallahassee Parade is still unclear. You may recall last spring they thought they might have to cancel the parade.
Organizers are already raising funds for next year's event. Local residents are coming out to "Save Our Springtime Tallahassee Parade.” After September 11 insurance rates revved higher than a Harley engine for big events like this.
Bill Parsons, the Poker Run chair for Save Our Springtime Tallahassee Parade, said, "The insurance really hit us hard last year. We hadn't anticipated the cost as much as it was and the same thing this year. We anticipated it and we paid for it, but it's a $30,000 hole in our budget."
More than 100 residents who want to make sure the parade sticks around showed up for the Poker Run benefit. At the front of the line as always were the Chrome Divas. They say it would be sad to lose something that's been around for 32 years.
“It would be to me and I'm sure it would be to everybody else that lives in Tallahassee. It's the one thing that brings everybody together," added Chrome Diva Becky Miller.
“I have a small child myself and we enjoy going out to the parade every year. It's something that the community looks forward to. There are lots of events out there besides the parade on that day,” said Chrome Diva Kristen Bently.
While the divas hit the streets, antique cars were pulling in to make sure they put on a show for the event. All the participants are doing what they can to make sure the parade remains a springtime tradition.
This was the first Poker Run benefit for the parade and organizers hope local businesses continue to show their support for the Tallahassee tradition.