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From: Dawn Carracio: (e-mail her)
Last year, Patchogue,
That`s history. This year the event, to be held November 23rd, will be known as the "Patchogue Holiday Boat Parade."
According to sources, the word "Christmas" offended some residents who wanted a "more inclusive" title.
As a result, in a pro-Christmas stand, Brookhaven-based Fireworks by Grucci pulled out. The company provided the spectacular pyrotechnic display that makes the parade so memorable.
Said Grucci vice president Philip Butler (e-mail him) who has campaigned against Christmas`s secularization:
using all the themes of Christmas and plagiarizing all
those themes and not using the name." [Patchogue
Parade Loses Fireworks in `Christmas` Dispute,
by Patrick Whittle, Newsday,
The result for parade goers: no Christmas and no fireworks.