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All these NC towns want for Christmas next year is a parade with no Confederate conflict


Some North Carolina municipalities already are working on next year’s Christmas wish list, topped by a holiday parade that can’t become a battleground for Confederate heritage groups and their opponents.


“We’ll be talking about that in January,” said Bill Crabtree, spokesman for the town of Wake Forest.


On Wednesday, Wake Forest became the second Wake County town in a week to cancel its Christmas parade over safety fears. Santa Claus was planning to come to town on Dec. 14, but Wake Forest officials canceled the parade for what is though to be the first time since it started more than 71 years ago.


Town officials said they had received credible information that “extremist” groups on both sides of the issue of how — and whether — to preserve and interpret symbols of the Confederacy were making plans online to attend the parade. Crabtree said no one from either side made any threats, but the fear was that that dozens of people from the different groups would clash at the parade and that the situation could get out of hand.


Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article238067469.html#storylink=cpy

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