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Tea Party Float Rolls in Christmas Parade

Holiday parade entry raises some eyebrows, hackles



    Christmas is about celebrating family and faith for many North Texans, but is there a place for politics? There's some controversy over a NE Tarrant Tea Party float in the Grapevine Parade of Lights. (Published Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010)

    by Bruce Felps

    Apparently the presence of a Northeast Tarrant Tea Party float in a Grapevine Christmas parade caused a bit of a stir there.

    Some parade-goers questioned the appropriateness of a political group’s float in a community holiday event, according to an article in the Grapevine Courier. Others, specifically the president of the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party, said, "Hey, no big deal, we like Christmas, too." Or words to that effect.

    According to the article, somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 people turned out to watch the parade, sponsored by the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. The chamber president said about seven complaints rolled in about the Tea Party float.

    One person quoted in the article didn’t even attend the parade, but she made a valid point, at least to this mushy brain.

    “This was supposed to be community event designed to focus on Christmas, and there's no place for politics in Christmas," Grapevine resident Leslie Miner said. "I feel like they got in the back door."

    So what say you, informed readers? Should a political group or political statements be allowed in a community holiday event?

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He thinks Christmas should be left to the elves.