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Rain on the parade • In explaining the Days of ’47 committee’s rejection of Mormons Building Bridges as an entrant in the July 24 parade this year, Executive Vice President Greg James told The Salt Lake Tribune the organization is consistent in banning those that may create controversy.
Bridges is dedicated to improving relationships between Latter-day Saints and the gay community.
Gee, you can’t get any more controversial than that.
I’m reminded of some past Days of ’47 rejections because the entrants were so controversial.
I wrote in the 1990s about the rejection of the Clydesdales because kids might see the horses and think about beer. In a later year, the horses did appear in the parade.
Then there was the time the parade rejected a Utah Jazz float because the Jazz Dancers were too risqué.
Another time, the parade chairman barred an association of square dance clubs from the traditional pre-parade dancing activity, telling the group’s president that square dancing attracted "riffraff."
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