with the money they saved there, they could have hired a couple more people to play "Alice": in the parade. I'd heard rumors they only had 1 girl cast in the role and yet, even on nights she was off, they STILL sent the other 9 floats in her section out. THAT NEVER happened prior to this year. if she was out all 10 floats in that section were out of the parade that night.There's more than one possible explanation. After all, the new ending cuts way back on the number of dancers. It's cheaper to peter out at the end than have a multi-dancer high-kicking finish.