And just in case their stance wasn't clear, Councilman Gerald "Duke" McCoy requested that council authorize the borough manager to write a public letter expressing their disappointment in the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce's decision to move Nationality Days to Harmony Township.
The chamber announced plans last week to relocate the upcoming 50th Nationality Days festival to Wright Chevrolet on Duss Avenue due to sewer upgrades in the vicinity of St. Mary’s church parking lot, the prior festival location.
But borough officials said they were never asked about alternative solutions.
"This council not only disapproves of that, we have absolutely nothing to do with them moving," McCoy said. "This council is 100 percent for the chamber, but we're not happy with what they're doing by moving to Harmony Township."
Council had planned to authorize a temporary road closure for the Nationality Days Parade, but Council President Michael Mikulich said they were told just hours before the meeting that the annual parade is being canceled this year.
The parade served as the kick-off for the three-day festival and featured a variety of local groups, officials, and organizations.
According to a chamber official, the parade route is still being determined.
McCoy said he has lived in the borough since 1946 and remembers numerous parades.
"We do believe that the parade also could have happened because we've had them here for many years," McCoy said. "I'm very disappointed that they're not having the parade as well."
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