photo from News and Observer / Debra Goldman
Wonder why you didn’t see Mrs. Claus aside Mr. Claus at Saturday’s Christmas Parade at Raleigh? No, it wasn’t something simple like “She was sick”. Instead, Mrs. Claus was banned from dressing up in the red and white by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, the N&O reported Saturday morning. It was recently elected City Council candidate for district B and Raleigh Merchant’s Association executive director John Odom made the call.
John Odom, executive director of the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, which runs the parade, said it’s confusing for children to see two people in Santa suits. He said it’s a policy that only Santa may wear the official outfit.
Parade officials even discourage people from wearing Santa hats, Odom said.
It was unclear how common youthful confusion of Santa and Mrs. Claus might be, and what harm might result from the misapprehension. Dr. Joseph Loibissio, a Wake Forest pediatrician, said Friday night that children can generally identify genders by age 3.
Seriously, confusion? That’s what we are worried about at our Christmas parade, children being confused over which person in the red outfit is Santa Claus (a fictional character)? There also seems to be a bit of confusion as to whether this has to do with Goldman being on the school board. Goldman was part of the neighborhood school alliance, so it’s unlikely, as theoretically Odom and Goldman support the same assignment strategy.
Either way, I guess the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association and John Odom would like a lump of coal in their stockings this year. Way to put a damper on the holiday spirit and parade guys. Maybe we’ll see an elf riot at the State Capitol Building soon calling for equal rights of all sexes (and elves) in the red, white, and green outfits. Hey! Maybe this is a reason for David Sedaris to come back home.
Waleigh Wishes the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association a Merry Christmas