D.C. Public School Marching Bans Refuse To Participate In Trump’s Inaugural Parade
Joining a list of entertainers who are refusing to perform at Trump’s inauguration, D.C. public school marching bands have declined to be considered for participation in the president-elect inaugural parade, Washington’s NBC affiliate reported.
“Ballou High School’s Majestic Marching Knights performed Destiny’s Child’s “Lose My Breath” at George W. Bush’s second inaugural parade in 2005, and stepped along Pennsylvania Avenue as they played James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” at Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade eight years later.”
But the beloved band decided to sit out trump’s inaugural parade because of “conflicting schedule,” the principal said.
Other schools, when asked, have given various excuses such as they are in “rebuilding” phases. Others won’t participate claiming “safety concerns.”
“While the parade route itself should be a safe zone, we cannot hope to guarantee our safety while traveling, while rehearsing in public or while out and about in the D.C. area during the weekend,” Lesbian and Gay Band Association, which included the D.C. group Different Drummers, said in a statement. “All minorities are at risk and any opportunity we give the new administration to co-opt a minority organization will likely be exploited to our detriment.”
Here’s an idea for Mr. Trump: Ted Nugent is available all year round. Go ahead, call him!