Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ohio Christmas parade Cancelled over legal, and protest concerns

An Ohio village’s Christmas parade won’t be held for the first time in decades amid concerns over possible lawsuits, expected protests and logistical problems.
Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington says the parade sponsor for the past few years backed out due to a lack of volunteers and problems emerged when the village council proposed financing it.
Ellington says the village solicitor told council members that Amelia could be sued for using public money for an event linked to a religious event, and a proposal to change the Christmas parade to a “holiday” parade drew angry responses. The village also couldn’t find a place to begin or end the parade.

Christmas is trying to be taken out of the entire season and generalized a the "holiday season" Now after decades of having this parade it is being shut down because it is a "Christmas parade"  We can see that during these tough economic times it would be hard for a town to fund the parade.  But, those who want to still have it need to come together and put it on themselves without using public funds. It would bring the community closer and also show the spirit of those living in Amelia Ohio that they will not be stopped in celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.