Would someone please explain what swamp buggies and “tea parties” have in common?
I am writing because my husband and I are disconcerted and disappointed at what the Swamp Buggy parade has come to represent. Last year and this year it seemed to be a venue for political viewpoints and an opportunity to pass fliers for a particular party.
This year the “Tea Party” group was even allowed to march in protest to current political issues. I found this an inappropriate venue for their willingness to protest and inappropriate for the city to allow them to “march.”
A parade is a parade and should have a positive connotation for all who observe and participate. Organizers should keep to the appropriate theme of what each parade represents so all can be proud to participate, watch, and enjoy with their families. The city and county should remember that Naples is a diverse city and all citizens should feel welcome and a part of city events, not allow single, or certain viewpoints to override others in the parades or city/county events.
Parades should be enjoyable for all, not a “marching demonstration” for any particular political party. We are supporters of our president, but we were not expecting to see members of MoveOn.org marching in the swamp buggy parade or any other political “venting.” We found it offensive and out of the realm of what the parade represents.
I hope Santa and his elves don’t have to wait in line behind political band standers for their place in the holiday parade. At least put them in the rear where the reindeer can leave them their presents.
Jill and Brett Baldwin