The City of Jackson is preparing for the holiday season but not without some controversy. Some folks are not happy with what the city is calling this year's parade -- the 2012 Jackson Holiday Parade.
When we asked viewers their thoughts on Facebook, there was overwhelming opposition to calling it the holiday parade rather than the Christmas parade.
So we took the issue directly to Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and there appeared to be confusion over the matter at City Hall.
Johnson referred to the parade as the Christmas parade several times during a press conference Wednesday, but when we directed him to the press release, Johnson said the official theme is "Celebrating the Capitol City with Holiday Spirit and Cheer."
Johnson went on to say he is a Christian and that while Christians celebrate during this season, others also celebrate.
"I understand these issues are being raised by Christians that Christ is being taken out of Christmas, but that's really a stretch for someone who's a believer to believe that Christ can be taken out of the meaning of Christmas simply through a parade," Johnson said.
Wednesday Johnson announced the Grand Marshal of the parade -- longtime nursing home administrator Jaudine Cleveland. Johnson said Cleveland has made an indelible mark on the lives of many Jacksonians over the years.
The city's Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday on the west side of City Hall.
The parade will be Saturday in Downtown Jackson.
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