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Town Of Canton Looking To Define Acceptable Parade Displays After Marchers Carried Confederate Flags

Smoky Mountain News
Marchers at this year's Canton Labor Day parade

Parades are a holiday season staple.  The town of Canton's Christmas parade is scheduled for December 7th.  It will be the first parade in the Haywood County town since the Labor Day parade, where several marchers showed up carrying Confederate flags.  Town officials have been trying to decide how to prevent similar displays in the future.  Canton Alderman Dr. Ralph Hamlett has been leading the effort to define what will be acceptable parade displays in the future.  Several town residents showed up at a board meeting earlier this month to give their opinions on what to do.  Smoky Mountain News reporter Cory Vaillancourt joined BPR's Matt Bush in studio to recap what has been happening in Canton, and what the next steps are in the process.  

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.