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Dear PoPville – Did Anyone Else See the Random Holiday Police Parade Last Night?

by Prince Of Petworth December 19, 2013 at 11:00 am 13 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

At around 6:30, heading west on Columbia Road NW from Adams Morgan toward Mt. Pleasant, a combination DCPD and EMS low-speed convoy was wishing rush hour motorists, bikers, and pedestrians to have, as the robotic voice repeating every 15 or so seconds shouted, a happy holiday. The strange parade consisted of a classic DCPD cruiser, a motorcycle with sidecar, an SUV, an ambulance — all with lights and sirens blazing — and a bicyclist dressed as an elf.

Needless to say, with vehicles (including a Circulator bus) pulling over — as they are trained to do — to avoid emergency vehicles displaying lights and sounding alarms, this gesture caused more trouble than cheer.

If any readers might know more about this, I would love to hear whether this poorly-planned convoy visited other parts of the city? Was it also during rush hour? And, though I’ve worked in the city for years, I’ve only recently just moved here. Is this a regular tradition in this part of town?”

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  • Anonymous

    I saw this! I couldn’t hear what they were saying from my apartment, but I didn’t know if there was some sort of low speed chase I didn’t know about. Weird.

  • Emilie504

    I saw it, it was weird, but the bike elf seemed to be having fun. And people on the sidewalk cheered.

    • Linc Park DC

      I always aporeciate when sonething like this happens and reminds me that DC has some small town attributes.

  • Anonymous

    I saw a similar one last year coming down the hill from Columbia Heights on 14th St.

  • anon

    I was getting my hair cut as it passed by, everyone stopped to look confused but I missed it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it was strange. What a weird holiday activity.

  • Anonymous

    Why do you hate Christmas?

    • ProudGrinch

      Commericialism and overbearing people telling me that I need to get more “holiday cheer”.

  • NotGrinch&NotScrooge

    OP here. As you can see from my name, I clearly do not hate Christmas.

    I do, however, wonder why the DCPD and EMS decided that rush hour on a major street would be a good time to engage in this display. Isn’t there some less-disruptive way of spreading cheer? Maybe festive decorations on the traffic cameras? I’d rather walk past a candy cane and wreath combination on 11th Street than the metal box that recently popped up at 11th and Park Road.

    Again, I don’t hate Christmas. Or, for that matter, the DCPD. I like that community outreach like this happens! I just wish it was done with some more thought.

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    • Anonymous

      The weekend during the day would be a much better time for this – more people out on foot, everyone can see it, kids are out of school, etc.

  • wolfpackwx

    Convoy with Montgomery PD came through Silver Spring with a Santa hanging out the top of a SWAT truck…

  • annonny

    Make a citizen’s arrest! Violation T583, “Parading Without a Permit.” $50 fine!!!!!! https://go.mpdconline.com/GO/CIR-07-04.pdf


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