Christmas barred from holiday parade

Dec. 2, 2004 at 3:05 PM
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DENVER, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Christmas has been banned from Denver's annual holiday parade, KMGH-TV reported Thursday.

Organizers say Saturday's Parade of Lights is about all holidays -- not just Christmas -- so they've banned church groups, signs saying "Merry Christmas" and Christmas carols.

It's a new rule this year -- in the past, marching bands have played carols and there was even a balloon that said "Merry Christmas," the TV news said.

But when the Faith Bible Chapel offered to sponsor or build a float and sing carols in this year's parade, organizers said nay, claiming it would be offensive.

"This event is not one that has ever intended to have a religious message or a political message," Susan Rogers of the Downtown Denver Partnership said.

Several church groups say they will march in a peaceful protest an hour before the parade, sing their carols and pass out hot chocolate.

The political correctness of the season will go step further next year, when the "Merry Christmas" sign on the Denver City and County Building is replaced with one saying "Happy Holidays."

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