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Old 12-08-2019, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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Apex Christmas parade last night was great. Went off without a hitch. They've added about 153456453453 more high school and middle school marching bands; when it used to just be Apex, Cary, and Green Hope several years ago....but hey that's cool.

Only inappropriate thing I witnessed was a middle-aged drunk guy who was heckling the kids in the chorus, band, and jump-roping groups if he didn't feel they were singing, jumping, or playing loud enough or directly in front of him.
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Apex Christmas parade was great! Was great to watch the schools!

So good that none of these Confederacy groups were there and no counter protestors for them. They shouldn't be allowed in any Christmas parade.

Some drunk people around, but that's expected everywhere these days.
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:44 PM
 
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Apex Christmas parade last night was great. Went off without a hitch. They've added about 153456453453 more high school and middle school marching bands; when it used to just be Apex, Cary, and Green Hope several years ago....but hey that's cool.

Only inappropriate thing I witnessed was a middle-aged drunk guy who was heckling the kids in the chorus, band, and jump-roping groups if he didn't feel they were singing, jumping, or playing loud enough or directly in front of him.
There was a small military vehicle with a few people in military garb in it that I thought were veterans, then saw a little confederate flag at rear of vehicle, it gave me pause to wonder if they were real vets, but whatever.

Absolutely loved seeing all the marching bands even if they weren’t from Apex, it gave me the feels to see disciplined local kids working together like that.

The monster trucks were neat.

The electric company vehicle with the guy hanging was so super cool, although I gasped that they showed their face with the Bella Casa construction drama happening now.
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Old 12-08-2019, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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There was a small military vehicle with a few people in military garb in it that I thought were veterans, then saw a little confederate flag at rear of vehicle, it gave me pause to wonder if they were real vets, but whatever.

Absolutely loved seeing all the marching bands even if they weren’t from Apex, it gave me the feels to see disciplined local kids working together like that.

The monster trucks were neat.

The electric company vehicle with the guy hanging was so super cool, although I gasped that they showed their face with the Bella Casa construction drama happening now.
Haha yeah that was great. I was watching the parade with family friends who live in Bella Casa.....they were thoroughly unimpressed.

I was pretty sure that vehicle you were talking about had a WWII vet in the passenger seat; didn't notice the confederate flag though.
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Old 12-09-2019, 07:27 AM
 
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I completely agree that the SoC doesn't really have a place in a Christmas parade. I'm generally not a fan, but also have to acknowledge there is a difference between the SoC and other organizations that go further (like the KKK). However.... if a city were to ban all politically affiliated groups from parades in order to avoid this sort of issue (and I realize they probably don't have the right to do that, but just conjecturing here) -- wouldn't parades lose a lot of participants? Because it seems like there are a lot of organizers for political candidates (especially in election years) that participate (I no longer live in NC so my perspective might be off, as memories of all parades begin to blur together -- here there are no SoC chapters but certainly a lot of involvement of political parties in parades). And connected to that, the ban should probably extend to all churches too, since many disagree with various beliefs that they would represent. And also any organization that concentrates on one specific type of cause/interest to the exclusion of others, because that could be deemed offense/exclusionary. And so on and so forth. So although I might initially personally favor the idea of a ban of a group like this, I can see the logical end to it as well. One (or, quite frankly, most people) might not agree with the viewpoints of the SoC, but I think any sort of official ban in the name of tolerance would actually go down a path that would be ruinous to all in the end.

But we'll probably go down that path anyway. Seems the way of the world now.
I attended both the Raleigh and Knightdale Christmas parades. I don't remember seeing any politically affiliated groups only some local elected officials. I'm not sure how you could exclude religious organizations from a parade celebrating a religious event though.

While I am no fan of the SoC, I wonder how credible this threat really was. It could just be something that was started to sow division and conflict.
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Old 12-09-2019, 08:48 AM
 
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The Christmas Parade in Apex is done by the Apex Rotary. I have only been once, but I do not recall any controversial groups being involved.
Here's the controversy in Apex... They will not allow you to dress up as Santa if you're walking in or riding on a float in the parade. There is one Santa, and he rides in at the end. Don't steal his thunder. Don't confuse the younger kids with multiple Santas. You can wear a Santa hat, but try to put on a fake beard and a fat suit and you'll be asked to hop in your Odyssey or Sienna and head home. Rules are rules.
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Old 12-09-2019, 09:04 AM
 
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what's going on with Bella Casa?
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:54 AM
 
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It's only a matter of time before all Xmas parades are nixed. Who knows what will be offensive next year. The color combination of red and green may be next. It's impossible to predict.
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:17 AM
 
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Why would they need to step aside though when they've participated in these exact parades for a number of years
Because it's not all about them and times change?
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:19 AM
 
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It's only a matter of time before all Xmas parades are nixed. Who knows what will be offensive next year. The color combination of red and green may be next. It's impossible to predict.
Nah... people like parades. I think it's more like people who expect the parades to be about Christian Christmas only and not some sort of fun, holiday parade that includes every sort of holiday people might celebrate this time of year who are going to be disappointed in how things go in the future.
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