NC Town Cancels Christmas Parade Over Confederate Controversy

GARNER, NC — A town in North Carolina is canceling its annual Christmas parade because of controversy surrounding a Confederate group.

Every year, the Sons of Confederate Veterans march in the Garner Christmas Parade. But the town’s manager says people have recently complained about the group displaying the Confederate flag.

Now city leaders fear there could be protests at the parade where innocent children are gathered.

“Everybody’s seen some of the things that can happen when opposing groups get together,” said Town Manager Rodney Dickerson. “And that was our major concern, that we did not want this event to be a party to those type of activities.”

The parade was scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 7.