Christmas parade called divisive

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SAN DIEGO- The La Jolla Christmas parade is being challenged by activists who say the name prevents non-Christians from participating.

“It feels wrong, and then people don’t want to get involved,” said Howard Singer from the La Jolla diversity and inclusiveness group.

Singer complains the use of the word Christmas divides people instead of bringing them together.

“This is just another one of Howard’s crazy attempts to stir the pot,” said Ann Kerrbache, chairwoman of the La Jolla Christmas parade. “The organizers, the donors the participants — everyone came up to me last Sunday and said, “Please don’t change the name of the parade!'”

The parade took place under the name “La Jolla Christmas Parade” last weekend, just as it has for the past 56 years.

Singer says he wants to change the parade’s name to the “La Jolla Festival Parade”  or the “La Jolla Community Parade.”

But parade organizers dislike the suggestions.

“Why should one man’s ideas change a perfectly good title, when the majority of the people don’t want it changed,” said Kerrbache.

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