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Crews clean up downtown after Chiefs parade

Posted at 9:24 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 12:49:38-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City crews spent all night cleaning up trash after the Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade.

DeWowan Spears, Parks and Recreation North District Area Superintendent, said crews started cleaning up debris around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

'We actually started at 3rd (Street) and Grand (Boulevard), kind of like at the beginning of the parade route, and then we worked our way along with Water and Solid Waste," Spears said. "And we came down to Washington Square and came over to Liberty Memorial."

The city said Thursday that four departments "were fully deployed downtown" after the festivities, working through the night to remove the trash and confetti left behind.

Spears said they hoped to finish the cleaning process by 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Because of the additional cleanup efforts, trash services were shifted back one day for residents who have trash picked up on Thursdays and Fridays.

Spears said after working the Royals World Series event back in 2015, crews know how to take care of large amounts of debris and how to get it removed during big events.

"There's a lot of trash, a lot of people out here, so it took a great amount of time to get this stuff moved," Spears said. "Every time we see one emergency, we build out that and that becomes the common practice of how we deal with everything from one big event to the next. So, if one thing happened at last event, after we meet at the end of a conclusion of an event, we say, 'okay, how are we going to approach this next event?' So we learn after each event."

The city said that in addition to cleanup crews, other city workers were dispatched to fill potholes near the parade route and to respond the snow that had been expected to fall during the celebration.

"Thank you to the thousands of city employees who worked long hours, as well as those employees from nearby cities and counties who pitched in to make this celebration special," Acting City Manager Earnest Rouse said in a news release. "We believe we achieved our goal of providing a safe, fun and well-organized celebration."