Madison Christmas Parade Causing Controversy

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - They say everyone loves a parade.  However, one group is upset with the Madison Christmas Parade.  Specifically, they are upset about the date.

TLC, which is a local animal rescue group, is holding a charity silent auction the same day as the parade, December 8th.  The problem comes from the fact the parade was originally scheduled for December 1st.  TLC planned their event a different day from the parade on purpose, because the event is going to be at Hartlex Antiques on Hughes Road.   Hughes Road will be closed for the parade and TLC members are worried it will drive down attendance.

"There are some people, a lot of people know where Hartlex is and they know the backroads.  Some don't," says TLC volunteer Sandra Camp.  " And these some could be wanting to give a lot to the animals."

WHNT News 19 contacted Madison Mayor Troy Trulock.   He says the parade was moved from December 1st to the 8th because of a lack of participation. He says he regrets it could impact the charity event, but that there's not much he can do to resolve the situation.

Organizer say if the date or time of the parade can't be changed, they at least hope that those attending the parade will stop by the event afterward.

Because Hughes will be closed, there is an alternate route to Hartlex Antiques.  Heading west on Old Madison Pike toward Hughes Road, turn left on Larry Drive.  Then take a right on Waldon Road.  Waldon Road will take you into the Hartlex parking lot.

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