BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) - The Rhode Island TeaParty announced Wednesday they are once again able to march inthe Fourth of July Bristol Parade.
Marina Peterson, RI Tea Party Treasurer, said parade officialswere not able to determine whether or not Tea Party members handedout copies of the U.S. Constitution from its float during theparade. Earlier this month, a parade organizing committee hadplaced a banfor life on the Tea Party and accused the organization ofviolating parade policy.
The committee prohibits handouts during the parade because itposes a safety hazard should spectators, especially children, runonto the street to grab them. Meanwhile, the Tea Party saidvideos taken of the parade prove the organization did not hand outany materials during their march.
Peterson said the committee did not provide a specific reason asto why it lifted the ban.
"While we would have preferred less ambiguity on theirpart, we accept their statement as an apology to everyone whoparticipated in preparing for the RI Tea Party’s paradedebut," she said. "We appreciate the Committee’sacknowledgement of what we have been saying all along; we play bythe rules."
Peterson said the Tea Party looks forward to being invited backto take part in future Fourth of July Bristol Parades.
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