Some upset over group’s plan to hand out Confederate flags at Summerville Christmas parade
Summerville, SC – An offshoot of a group that “flagged” Summerville earlier this year by waving Confederate battle flags from an interstate overpass is planning to participate in the town’s Christmas parade.
A group called the Carolina Flaggers announced on their Facebook page earlier this week that their application has been approved to participate in the parade organized by Summerville DREAM.
The loosely organized group was started by some people who want to participate in flaggings but not political issues, said James Bessenger, head of the S.C. Secessionist Party and a member of the Flaggers. He said the Secessionists first applied to march in the parade but were turned down because the parade does not accept groups with political affiliations.
“It was a relatively last-minute decision,” he said.
According to DREAM’s website, the deadline to apply is Friday, but an online link to the registration form said it was unavailable Thursday. The parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 10.
The group’s participation has been met with mixed reviews…