Council, Mayor at Odds Over Thanksgiving Parade

By Wire Reports and NBC10.com
|  Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 2:50 PM EDT
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Should City Bring Back Thanksgiving Parade?

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To trot or not?

City Council members in New Jersey's capital city are objecting to plans to revive the Thanksgiving parade.

The planned Saturday, Nov. 23 event is posted on Trenton's website along with a form to participate.

An aide to Mayor Tony Mack in June had sought $15,000 to hire entertainers and purchase floats for the parade. But the council declined to fund the project.

Councilwoman Phyllis Holly-Ward tells The Times of Trenton the budget would have to be cut elsewhere if Mack is “defiant” and moves forward with the Thanksgiving parade that starts on State Street.

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“We absolutely don’t have the money to spend on this,” Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson told the paper. “(Mayoral aide Anthony Roberts) is going to have to tell us where he is going to get the money for these parades. It is nice having a Thanksgiving parade, but not in these budgetary times.”

The parade was an annual event until 2012 and cost up to $5,000 in 2011, according to the paper.

 


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