A city tradition for 30 years has been postponed due to the unrest in Ferguson. Maggie Crane, director of communications for St. Louis, told KSDK-5:
“There’s a lot of work to be done and a lot of unrest over the next few days but we have a lot of work to do in the weeks and months ahead of us. We think that this was a wise decision for the City and for people who would normally bring their kids, bring their families out to experience the parade. We hope they come back in a few weeks, whenever that date is set.”
The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation issued the following statement on their website:
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“Given the unrest in our community following the tragic death of Michael Brown, The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation is postponing the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade until later this holiday season. More details will be shared once a new date is confirmed. In these challenging times, we encourage you to gather with your friends and loved ones to reflect, and enjoy this special and unique American tradition.”
130 parade floats were organized to march, roll, or fly along the 12-mile parade route from 7th and Market Streets to Union Station. The new date for the parade has been tentatively set for Saturday, December 13; but some of the parade entrants may not be able to participate due to their own scheduling conflicts.
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