SUMMERVILLE, SC - Controversy surfaced in a South Carolina town after a southern heritage group that planned to wave the Confederate flag in a parade was banned from marching in it.
The Carolina Flaggers were forbidden from being in the Summerville Christmas parade Sunday because they didn't follow parade guidelines, according to the organizers.
Parade organizers initially gave the group permission to march and several groups spoke out when they heard. Summerville DREAM submitted the approval before acknowledging people's concerns. DREAM didn't say which guidelines the group violated. A video taken by a member of the Flaggers showed they were given the opportunity to change the number of Confederate flags they displayed.
"I said you could have one confederate flag, you have representations of it on multiple flags," heard in the video.
The Flaggers say they substituted two flags like DREAM asked and plan to involve their legal team and possibly sue DREAM.
"They had plenty of time to pull us out of the parade before we ended up at Main Street, so I’m a little disappointed with how they handled it," Flaggers spokesperson James Bessinger said.
Some protests were planned at the parade until the Flaggers were officially removed.
"I don't know what decision was made, but whoever made the decision, I applaud them,” Summerville resident Louis Smith said.