Not Banned, but Invited?
Well, it appears that the RI Tea Party is not banned from next year’s Bristol parade:
[Tea Party treasurer Marina] Peterson said she was given a copy of [Bristol Fourth or July Committee Chairman David] Burns’ apology, in which he says:
“The Fourth of July Committee regrets and apologizes for any miscommunication to the Rhode Island Tea Party group and assures them that they are not banned from future parades. In addition, it has not been determined that materials were distributed from the Rhode Island Tea Party float,” Burns said.
“It is not the policy of the Fourth of July committee to ‘ban’ floats, marching units or parade participants, the Burns statement said. “The parade units participate in the parade upon invitation only. If a particular organization violates policy the committee would investigate the violation,” Burns said.
Funny how explicit statements can become “miscommunications.” But note the emphasis on “invitations.” On the other hand, note that the chairman was careful to specify that it is of particular relevance whether handouts were made “from the float.”
Keep an eye on this one; we may have reason to infiltrate the crowd with Constitutions, yet.