- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

RONAOKE, Va. (AP) - Confederate groups have waived the rebel flag at Roanoke’s holiday parade, despite calls from the local chapter of the NAACP that it be banished from parade route.

The Roanoke Times reports (https://bit.ly/1SU1KEN ) that the Virginia Society Order of the Confederate Rose led a long line of Confederate-themed groups along the city’s Christmas parade on Friday night.

A group of about 20 NAACP and Democratic Committee members, who protested allowing the flag at the parade, stood behind a NAACP banner during the event.

Some city council members said this week that they agree that the flag shouldn’t be at the parade. But city leaders and Downtown Roanoke Inc., which organized the event, said that First Amendment free speech protections bar them from banning a group or flag from the parade.


Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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