A popular boat parade celebrating the Fourth of July in New Orleans has been cancelled by its founder, and she says it's because of President Trump.
"When I think about wearing my flag dress and waving flags; I don't know what it means this year," Katrina Brees told the Times-Picayune. "There are a lot of questions about our government."
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Brees is an artist who started the "July 4th Flotilla" in 2012, but after the election of Trump she decided not to organize it this year.
She considered holding a satirically themed event, but decided against that as well. She said the parodies she saw of Trump at the Mardis Gras didn't inspire her either.
"Even the humor, it just kind of upset me," she said. "It wasn't funny anymore. As soon as the election happened, I was thinking about the (July 4th) parade and I'm not sure how bohemia fits into patriotism anymore."
Brees had no problem inviting the left-wing "Occupy Wall Street" protesters to her boat parade in 2013, however. Here's how they explained the purpose of their attendance in the Fourth of July celebration: "This demonstration was in response to the information recently leaked by Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed the NSA surveillance program."
But the presidency of Trump wasn't the only reason Brees cancelled the event - she said that complaints of littering had grown too big and that she wouldn't mind if someone else orgnanized it without her.