Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Parade Ends in Rioting and Accusations of Racism

SAN NARCISO, Calif. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- What was meant to be a cheery holiday celebration quickly turned to disaster as Bennington Vale’s annual Christmas Parade spiralled into an abyss of injuries and rioting, reminiscent of the week-long Walmart closure in May due to rennovations. Although city officials continue to investigate the causes of the problem, the key catalysts seemed to be the inadequate disposal of medical needles, misprinted signage and the misunderstood presence of San Narciso’s “Holiday Man.”

Mayor Manny DiPresso said in a statement issued by City Council: “There were many problems with the parade, the foremost being that nobody in the county bothered to read over the rules we posted last week. I explicitly said I didn’t want a repeat of the 2009 ‘Maxwell Street Massacre.’ To be fair, that didn’t happen. But what did occur was, in my opinion, much worse. First, every bathroom along the parade route was equipped with SHARPS SECURE containers for properly disposing needles required for medical treatment. As we all know, regrettably, the county has a surprisingly large number of teens who require intravenous medication. Failing to properly dispose of those hypodermics is what led to the donkey’s overdose. So, there went the living nativity. Also, six of the eight dogs pulling the Children’s Hospital sleigh met similar fates. My dreams are still haunted by the sound of children screaming, dogs heaving and the eerie, guttural wailing of the mule before it vomited out one of its internal organs.”

Another problem, according to sources, was the last minute rush of local businesses to have banners printed up for display in the parade. Without adequate notice, some typographical errors were made, the most notable affecting a Vietnamese-owned hot dog stand. The sign was meant to read “Eat at Lazy Dog,” not “Eat a Lazy Dog.” Civil Rights organizations within the county remain steadfast in their assertions that these mistakes were intentionally made by certain Chamber of Commerce members whom these groups continually label as bigots and racists.

But perhaps the most glaring problem of the night came at the end of the parade when the county’s “Holiday Man” was revealed.

DiPresso lamented: “We had the best intentions with the Holiday Man. With all this ‘war on Christmas’ bunk and our past ACLU issues, we felt the Holiday Man would be an innocent and embracing symbol of acceptance to all citizens in San Narciso County. Clearly, we had a problem with messaging, which was complicated by a poorly conceived display. But the rioting that ensued, not to mention setting the Holiday Man’s float on fire, was inexcusable. Fortunately, he was close enough to Fangoso Lagoons to be pushed into the water and extinguished. But fines will be forthcoming.”

The Holiday Man concept, according to the City Council, involved incorporating traditional symbols of the season from all major religions, not just the two represented in San Narciso. The Holiday Man, however, was immediately met with tears and profanity, not joyous well-wishing.

DiPresso explained: “The Holiday Man wore a common Santa Claus suit but with a yarmulke and Kwanzaa candles at his feet. He was also holding a copy of the Koran. And he was lashed to a giant cross, which was perhaps a very misguided decision in hindsight.”

The actor who portrayed the holiday man remains in stable condition, with second degree burns covering roughly 15 percent of his body. He is expected to make a full recovery, and the City Council has agreed to pay for any reconstructive surgery he may require.

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