Six Flags Great America has claimed that it is "100% positive" that the Glow in the Park parade will return to the park in 2011, despite conflicting messages from Six Flags' central office.
Rumors that the Glow in the Park parade would be removed from all of Six Flags' US parks appeared to have been confirmed on Monday, when the official Six Flags Twitter account stated that the parade would be a Six Flags Mexico "exclusive" this year. However, confusion was created when Six Flags Great America denied this news on the park's Facebook page.
A public relations representative for Six Flags Great America has since clarified the initial response in a further Facebook posting, saying: "I am 100% positive that Glow in the Park will be happening here. I can't exactly speak for all of the other parks."
One of the other affected parks, Six Flags New England, has confirmed the removal of Glow in the Park on its own Facebook page, stating: "The parade is not coming back in 2011. We are introducing a new show package that will run Memorial Day – Labor Day. We will be announcing details soon so stay tuned."
With Six Flags' management team taking significant cost-cutting measures since taking control in May 10, the removal of the Glow in the Park parades would come as little surprise. However, it is yet to be confirmed whether Great America is correct in its statement that it will retain the parade in 2011, or whether the central office has yet to communicate the decision to the affected parks.
The nighttime Glow in the Parks incorporate drummers, puppeteers, singers and dancers to create a display of light, sound and motion. Their removal would save Six Flags the cost of retaining dozens of performers and support staff at each park, although it may also have a knock-on impact on evening attendance.
Six Flags runs 12 theme parks across North America and Mexico, along with a number of associated water parks. The company successfully restructured its debt in order to emerge from bankruptcy in 2010, with a new board of directors and CEO being appointed to replace the previous management team.