Keeping it solemn: Sinulog organizers in Cebu nix street parties along procession route

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  • No permits for street parties will be issued for establishments along procession route
  • Ban is intended to maintain the solemnity of the festival’s religious nature
  • Other stringent measures also imposed

CEBU CITY, Cebu – Revelry and merrymaking in Cebu’s annual Sinulog will be a little more restrained this year as organizers of the religious festival have disallowed street parties along the procession route.

In its list of rules, the copy which can be found on GMA News’ site, the Sinulog Foundation said “there will be no permits granted to any establishment on route of the parade who will want to host a party outside of their premises.”

Aside from the “no street party along the route” rule, other stringent measures in place include the banning of vehicles parking along the parade route and pedestrian pathways, hanging of commercial or political posters, and the selling of liquor for establishments along the route.

Establishments looking to install bleachers must also first secure safety permits from the Office of the Building Official (OBO). Those who do not comply will have their bleachers dismantled.

Interestingly, the parade route will also be no-fly zone for drones.

“No drones. For public safety purposes, no Drones will be allowed on route of the Sinulog parade,” read one of the rules.

While organizers have not issued any official reason for the new rules, the move is apparently aimed to help maintain the solemnity of the event.

Last year, pictures of young people sleeping on the streets after allegedly attending the festival became viral online and elicited much criticism and concern.

The Sinulog Festival, an annual religious festival held to commemorate the Santo Niño, is usually held on the third Sunday of January in the province.

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