Christmas Parade Turns Controversial


A Springdale Christmas parade turns controversial after some people consider one float to be racist.

The video of the float shows the group donning a confederate flag with men dressed as Confederate soldiers has been shared more than 100 times on Facebook. It was part of the Christmas parade of the Ozarks Saturday night.

The entry belonged to the Arkansas Sons of the Confederate Veterans organization. The group’s president says he sees nothing wrong with the float or its message.

“There was nothing going on that was illegal, or illicit or wrong. Some people have a misconception of what confederate states were and what the war was about and people who have those misconceptions have preconceived ideas of what they’re feeling are,” said Trip Wilson, President, Arkansas Sons of Confederate Veterans

The Arkansas Sons of Confederate Veterans was started in 1896 and is solely a patriotic organization.
The Downtown Springdale Alliance released this statement:

“The Christmas parade of the Ozarks is not organized by the Downtown Springdale Alliance, and the DSA is in no way responsible for the parade float lineup. 
The November 24 Christmas parade of the Ozarks float featuring the Confederate flag and soldiers was not approved by DSA, nor is its message condoned by our staff or board of directors.”

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