DEARBORN, Mich., April 29 (UPI) -- The Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Mich., will be at a new location in 2013 after years of tension with Christian groups, the city's mayor said.
Mayor Jack O'Reilly said Friday the festival will be moved from its usual location on Warren Avenue to nearby Ford Woods Park, the Detroit Free Press reported.
O'Reilly said city officials wanted a "controlled site" for the event "considering everything we've been through and what happened in the past.
In the past four years, the city has been hit with lawsuits from some Christian missionaries who said their right to freedom of speech was curtailed at the festival.
O'Reilly said some groups tried to provoke children at the festival with outrageous words and signs.
"We're not going to tolerate people insulting children, making gross statements ... antagonizing children," he said. "We're going to make sure kids behave. But we're also going to make sure that adults behave. Everybody's got to behave."
The 18-year-old festival is the largest gathering of Arab-Americans in the United States, O'Reilly said.