Christmas parade organizers mull ways to curb public disapproval

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 02:52 PM.

Zethmayr suggested changing the application’s wording.

"We should put in the application for next year that (Main Street Association) has the right to designate where any unit goes, period." Zethmayr said. "Accept it or don't be in the parade."

Zethmayr suggested making the roster of entrants, by order of procession, available to the public, so people could leave early if they disagreed with an organization’s message.

"You can't legally restrict anybody (from being in the parade), because you are going to put the city in a lawsuit," he said, referencing conclusions he arrived at from discussions with city council members. “It's the city's parade that we organize."

Whether such perceived legal implications actually exist remains to be seen.

"I haven't looked into this matter; therefore, I cannot comment on it," Miller said. 

Save Me from the Fire applied for Christmas parade entry in Bay Minette, Ala., but North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce organizers denied the request based on an unpaid $10 float fee, according to Mobile-based TV station Fox 10. The South Alabama chamber reserves the right to deny any application based on unpaid fees or indications that an applicant wouldn’t align with the parade’s theme, reported.

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