EDITOR’S DESK: Here's hoping for a Christmas parade without incident

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

Crestview Main Street Association's annual Christmas Parade should go off without a hitch, based on residents' reactions from our article on new restrictions.

The parade was front-page, "above-the-fold" news last year for reasons that organizers and most readers wouldn't prefer. A Pensacola preacher from Save Me from the Fire Ministry used his platform in the procession as a bully pulpit — pun intended — to shout inappropriate things through a bullhorn.

If you were there, you recall the fire-and-brimstone, anti-gay and anti-Santa Claus remarks, which ignited residents' ire. Neither the comments, nor the tone, were appropriate for a public, non-denominational and family-friendly event.

I had to pen a few columns on this because of the initial incident, which seemed antithetical for a Christian who shouldn't judge; the fallout after some residents bullied the preacher, who had to close his Facebook page; and Save Me from the Fire's seemingly fanning the flames, as its home page displayed disparaging comments about Crestview.

It was a mess; Main Street officers knew that and said they would take steps to ensure things go more smoothly this year.

They delivered.

First, the parade application states, "The only audio to be broadcast by entrants is Christmas music."

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