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Rained-Out Parade Costs $20,000 Police O-T

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ New Haven police have been paid $20,000 for working overtime at a parade that never happened.

The annual Freddie Fixer parade was postponed on May 15 because of rain.

City spokesman Adam Joseph tells the New Haven Register that 90 officers were paid the overtime in keeping with their union contract, because they showed up anticipating there would be a parade.

The decision to postpone the parade was made at 10:30 a.m., three hours before it was scheduled to step off.

Parade committee chairman Maurice Smith says that under the parade’s agreement with New Haven, the city will pay for the overtime if organizers can’t raise enough funds.

A new date for the parade has not been set.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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