Immigration, gun control, Disney princesses all find a spot in Lexington’s July 4 celebration

Immigration, gun control, Disney princesses all find a spot in Lexington's July 4 celebration

Hot-button social issues such as immigration control and gun reform were reflected in Lexington’s annual Fourth of July Parade Wednesday afternoon. The parade, which was part of the larger Fourth of July Festival celebrated downtown, featured supporters of candidates vying for office, from Congress to coroner. Supporters of Amy McGrath and Andy Barr, who will fight for the 6th Congressional District in a nationally heated midterm election, gathered in large numbers with signs in the parade as well as booths at the festival. Advocacy groups such as Moms Demand Action , which demonstrates in favor of gun control, and the Migrant Network Coalition, a group of organizations for immigration rights, paraded down Main Street along with local businesses and clubs. Activists with Mijente , an advocacy group for Latino rights and immigration reform, waved American flags and chanted "Families belong together!" as groups passed their station. "Yes they do, baby, don’t let it go!" remarked a parade participant dressed like the Disney princess Elsa from the movie "Frozen." She and about a half dozen other princesses made their way along the parade route, delighting children in the crowd. "I feel like it’s my civic duty to protest when I see something immoral," said Zachariah Leatherman, a student at Berea College who held a sign encouraging people to vote to effect policy change. "I’ve called my representatives, often to no response, so what else is there to do?” Elvia Rojas, another Berea College student and a DACA recipient, wore red, […]

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