Balloons and Confetti

Protect the environment with alternatives to balloons and confetti.

How can I decorate without balloons and confetti?

There are plenty of ways to have a fun and festive party without balloons and confetti, here are some options to try:

paper flag banner in a tree
  • Paper, felt, or cloth flags
  • Banners and posters
  • Pinwheels
  • Paper streamers
  • Bubbles
  • Flower petals
  • Birdseed

Why are balloons and confetti prohibited on outdoor City property?

Confetti is small pieces of some material, often plastic or metal, which are designed to be scattered or thrown. Confetti used outside is difficult to collect for disposal and becomes litter, decreasing the aesthetic quality of our community. When confetti is made of a non-biodegradable material, such as a metal or plastic, it becomes a long term health and environmental issue.

Balloons are lightweight and often filled with a lighter-than-air gas. This quality makes it easy for balloons to escape collection and become litter, often floating on water or through air a far distance from the site of their original use. For this reason balloons are common litter found even in remote areas.

Where are these items prohibited and where are they allowed?

Balloons and confetti are not allowed in parks or on beaches or the exterior of any buildings. Although partially covered, pavilions and the amphitheater are considered to be outdoors and balloons and confetti are not allowed in these locations. 

Community rooms in community centers or libraries or any other indoor facility still allow the use of balloons and confetti. Please make sure that these items are cleaned up and properly disposed of after use. For balloons, please make sure they are being transported to and from the indoor location securely so as not to escape in transport.

Balloons and confetti are prohibited by Ordinance No. 5580. (Video / Text)