|Yesterday's parade crowd seemed fairly "ruly"
I went to my trusty thesaurus and found that the only antonym of "unruly" mentioned there is "disciplined" so I think I'm probably making up a word when I describe yesterday's parade crowd as quite a "ruly" one, and the same seems to go for the fireworks crowd as well. I stayed out on Commercial Street for over an hour after the fireworks and saw very little commotion among the multitudes.
|County Sheriff's officers keep foot traffic
moving on Commercial Street after fireworks
Thankfully we seem to have turned the corner when it comes to handling the tremendous crowds that join us for holidays, parades and other events that draw these throngs of visitors. Clearly, it is important to uphold the laws of the commonwealth, to maintain decorum on the streets and to provide for public safety, but it is good to see this happen in a much less heavy-handed manner than we've sometimes seen in the past. When an ambulance was needed near the Whalers Wharf very shortly after the end of the fireworks, I was among the crowd on the street there being parted and managed so that the ambulance could get down the road and the Rescue Squad could then do their job. Within moments a dozen Provincetown officers appeared on foot, on bicycles and on motorcycles, followed by the paddy wagon, to clear a path down Commercial Street, with the ambulance right behind. This was done quickly and efficiently, minus any officious attitude, and I felt proud, rather than sheepish, to be a yearround member of this community. I was on the streets the entire day and didn't see a single incident that embarrassed me to be a resident here.
We appreciate the very professional service of our local police men and women, and of all those who came from other communities to assist us during this celebration. We thank you, one and all.