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Sons of Confederate Veterans once again out of Natchitoches Christmas Parade

Sons of Confederate Veterans protest on the side of the 2015 Natchitoches Christmas Parade. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA) Sons of Confederate Veterans protest on the side of the 2015 Natchitoches Christmas Parade. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)
NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) -

For the second year in a row, the Sons of Confederate Veterans will not be marching in the annual Natchitoches Festival of Lights Christmas Parade. 

The organization is an association of male descendants of Confederate soldiers and sailors. 

Last year and for the first time in the city's famous holiday parade, the Confederate flag was not allowed to fly. so the SCV refused to march in it. 

This year, the SCV has confirmed that they once again be absent from the parade, which kicks off this Saturday at 1 p.m.

SCV Lt. Commander-In-Chief Paul Gramling, Jr., who stood with others carrying Confederate battle flags along the route of the 2015 parade in protest, said Thursday that they have instead been invited to the 2nd Annual Stonewall Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Gramling reported an SCV member in Natchitoches did file an application to march in the Festival of Lights Parade this year.

That member, Robert Porter, told KSLA he filed the application back in October but never received a response from the city. He said he left several messages with the city and did not hear back.

The SCV is still suing the City of Natchitoches, Mayor Lee Posey and three members of the Christmas parade committee in federal court over last year's flag flap.

The lawsuit claims the city and its leaders violated the nonprofit's First Amendment right to free speech and 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law.

In the lawsuit’s latest docket filing on Halloween, a Plan of Work for the lawsuit was filed but the completion of discoveries and motions to file are expected to continue through May 2017 before a trial date is scheduled.

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