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Spanish Town parade organizers make FB post calling for a ‘safe and respectful environment’ in 2017

Following backlash for some messages at last year’s parade, Spanish Town Mardi Gras organizers are calling for a “safe and respectful environment” for this year’s Feb. 25 parade.

A message written by the marching group Prancing Babycakes was shared on the parade’s Facebook page late last week. The message was sent to parade organizers who said they “felt it was worth posting.”

“Amid a downpour of glitter and beads, it is only a few hours where one has the opportunity to celebrate the mutual pleasures of the flesh and commiserate over the mutual pain of politics in a safe and respectful environment,” reads a section of the post.

Controversial slogans such as “Pink Lives Matter” and a flamingo being beaten with a police baton accompanied by the words “I Can’t Breathe,” garnered backlash after 2016’s parade.

See the full post below:

The following was sent to the SPLL Board from the Prancing Babycakes (a marching group that has been a mainstay in the…

Posted by Spanish Town Mardi Gras – SPLL on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this post said this year’s parade was scheduled for March 25. The error has been corrected.

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