Letter to the Editor: Keep water battles in Water Carnival
Our family has been visiting Detroit Lakes for the Water Carnival activities for the past 10-plus years. In seeing the 84th Water Carnival circular, I couldn't help but see the notice about the "No Spray" signage that will be utilized in the parade this year.
I have noticed the steady increase in water-related activists taking part in the parade from the sidelines over the last five years. It is true that some of these activists can be a bit zealous in their passion for fun, but then they are quickly reprimanded by their better angels and amend their ways.
Color guards, local royalty and various bands are clearly protected individuals and noncombatants in the escalatory water war along West Lake Drive. Given that the word "water" is a critical element of the Carnival, how much needs to be regulated in this capstone event of the week?
I would love to see Mayor Matt Brenk, Rep. Collin Peterson, Water Carnival Royalty and others throw out candy along Washington Avenue and then do a Superman-style quick change in preparation for liquid combat near Lakeside Tavern and keep "water" a cornerstone of the Water Carnival parade. — Art Curry, Braham