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I am totally shocked at the advertising of our Wilson parade this year! Whose idea was it to remove Christmas out of our much-loved traditional parade?
Let me guess! It was surely not someone born and raised in our town of Wilson, because I would like to think that’s not the case. Did it offend someone? It has surely offended me along with lots of others. A town as big as Raleigh is still using Christmas in its parade. Greenville is still using Christmas in its parade, as many towns are.
This is just not right — we have lived in this town all of our lives and then someone comes in and changes everything! I hope you enjoy your parade, because my group will be at a real Christmas parade!
Editor’s Note: The Wilson Downtown Development Corp. has scheduled the 2019 Historic Downtown Wilson Holiday Parade for Nov. 23. The Times invited Susan Kellum, the city’s downtown marketing and communications coordinator, to explain the name change. Kellum provided the following statement:
“Last year’s parade partnership with the Shriners, which required a date change that separated it from the ‘A Downtown Christmas’ celebration, illustrated that it was a positive logistical change for both participants and attendees alike. Upon receiving feedback from some in the community last year that they were not comfortable with ‘celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving,’ the decision was made to rebrand as a holiday parade, celebrating both. We continue to celebrate ‘A Downtown Christmas,’ now rebranded as ‘Candyland Christmas’ the first Saturday in December.”