Merced’s (California) “Christmas Parade” is back after a name change to avoid lawsuits was blasted by residents as politically correct overkill.
The city became organizers of the 15th annual parade this year after its longtime sponsors backed out.
Officials quietly changed the name from “Christmas Parade” to “Holiday Parade” to guard against possible lawsuits claiming the city was endorsing one religion over another.
Residents called City Hall and sent letters to the editor of the Merced Sun-Star to object.
City Manager John Bramble says officials “never wanted to be the Grinch that stole the Christmas Parade” from Merced.