Pikeville establishes “sensory friendly zone” along parade route

Parades in eastern Kentucky are the highlight of many festivals and special occasions. However, there are those who cannot experience the excitement because of hypersensitivity to loud noises. With that in mind, officials with the city of Pikeville are designating a special area that will be more sensory friendly during Thursday’s Homecoming Parade for Pikeville High School.  On Hambley Boulevard from Division Street to Huffman Avenue, there will be no sirens or loud noises coming from any of the vehicles and floats.  Commissioner of Public Safety, Phillip Reed says everyone participating in the parade is still encouraged to greet the people and even throw out candy. But, they must do it without any loud noises in this particular area.  The Pikeville Homecoming Parade will begin in front of Hardee’s on Thursday at 4:30pm.

Reed says they are also exploring the idea of including a sensory friendly area at future parades in Pikeville.