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Coast Guard says no go for Rose Festival Fleet Week

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The Coast Guard announced Thursday it won't participate in this year's Rose Festival Fleet Week because of the sequestration.

The cancellation comes a little more than a week after the Navy also announced it wouldn't be participating in Fleet Week.

"We are reducing our participation in various community events to focus our funding on highest priority missions," said Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District.

Coast Guard officials said the cancellation of ships taking part in events like the Rose Festival and Seattle Seafair is one of "many steps" it is taking to preserve the ability to meet high-priority activities like search and rescue and emergency response.

FOX 12 is checking with Rose Festival organizers on whether Fleet Week will still go on.

"We're working to determine details on this year's Fleet Week programming and hope to be able to release that information by later today or early tomorrow," said a Rose Festival spokesman, in a written statement. "The Rose Festival values its longtime relationship with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard and looks forward to the resumption of their participation in our annual Fleet Week in the future."

Fleet Week isn't the only Oregon event being hit hard by the sequestration. The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels previously announced that sequestration cuts would keep the Flight Demonstration Squadron grounded for the Oregon International Air Show in July.

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