City asks parade spectators to leave no trace
The City of Hamilton is urging the public to help keep the city clean as preparations are made for this week’s Bermuda Day Parade.
A spokeswoman said that people who plan to watch the spectacle on Friday should not mark their spots in advance with paint.
She explained: “The city asks those members of the public who have used tape to mark spots – an action which is not endorsed by the city – to please remove it after the parade.
“Any spray paint that is used will be removed prior to the parade and, if possible, persons responsible will be prosecuted for vandalism.”
Dwayne Caines, the City of Hamilton chief executive officer, also said that using hot coals or barbecues is not allowed on the city’s sidewalks.
He said: “With the congestion expected on the sidewalks along the parade route, one must realise that the cooking of food, especially with an open flame, is a hazard.
“At the end of the event, those coals are still hot and if not disposed of correctly, can have serious consequences.
“We’re simply, but firmly, insisting that people leave the barbecues at home. A clean city is a safe city.
“We’re delighted to welcome people to Hamilton to enjoy the parade but we also want to make sure they exercise caution and act responsibly for the benefit of everyone.”
Businesses and residents were warned that the holiday will impact trash collection, with the last waste pick-up before the long weekend to take place at 5pm on Thursday.
Normal trash collection will resume on Monday.
The spokeswoman said: “All garbage should be placed on the sidewalks or designated garbage areas by the time indicated in the refuse collection schedule.
“Please do not place garbage out for collection unless a collection is scheduled for that day.”