Keeping festivals safe for everyone
What you'll find at festivals in parishes and schools: food, games, fun, fellowship.
What you won't find at fall festivals: bounce houses, dunk tanks, bungee jumping, fireworks.
The Diocese of Oakland provides its parishes and schools with guidelines that preclude high-risk activities — which include use of aircraft, trampolines and livestock, among other things — during activities.
Candles on the table, for example, are replaced by battery-operated lights. Swimming is out; as are boxing and martial arts.
Carnival rides can be operated only by vendors under approved contracts.
School-sponsored festivals may not serve alcohol. Parish-sponsored events, which obtain proper licensing, may serve alcoholic beverages to adults over the age of 21. The bartender may not drink with the patrons.
For more information, contact the Insurance and Benefits Department at the Diocese of Oakland, oakdiocese.org/offices/Ins-Benefits.
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