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Published:October 22nd, 2011 13:51 EST

Harrisburg Cancels Christmas Parade! Other Cities Should Do The Same!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Officials in Harrisburg have canceled the city`s annual holiday parade because organizers haven`t raised enough money."


Harrisburg requires special events to pay for themselves, and in these tough economic times very few folks have money to pay for a parade.


I hope that more municipalities will follow the fine example of Harrisburg and require organizers of holiday parades to pay for the cost of the parade themselves. The government shouldn`t be subsidizing religious events, even though it`s Santa riding on a float and not Jesus, it`s still nominaly a Christian event.

If a city pays for a Christmas parade, it should also pay for a Passover parade, and a Kwanzaa parade. Let`s nip this foolishness in the bud, and ban holiday parades.

We don`t need a city sanctioned Christmas parade to get into the holiday spirit. Enough already, it`s not even Halloween yet, and you can`t walk a block downtown without seeing Christmas decorations.

Will somebody please organize a parade celebrating the spirit of Scrooge?

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