Regarding crowds, what do they expect when the parades are on a Sunday. Trying the Saturday instead and it will be a different story- although I suppose that would elevate the security risk somewhat.
The fact of the matter is, cadets seem to be doing parades left, right and centre for RAF100 for no other apparent reason than to get some bigwig standing on a box. If there had been something from the top for every squadron to get involved in (that isn’t a bag pack fundraiser for the region coffers) with a formal recognition of the importance of the air cadets, some official media distribution, which the cadets would enjoy and the squadron would gain publicity from, that would have been worthwhile.
Instead they went with the original idea of a baton- now where have we seen that recently?