La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - There is a resolution to the incident at Saturday's Maple Leaf parade involving the current Commodore, and a gay pride group.
The incident before the parade began involved the current Riverfest Commodore and the executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender resource center. At issue was a modified American flag carried by the gay rights group. Rosanne St. Sauver of the LGBT alliance says her 14 year old daughter Emily was approached before the parade by Commodore Mark Schneider.
Saint Sauver says the girl was holding a gay pride flag that was a modified American flag, featuring colored strips of cloths rather than the red and white stripes. St. Sauver says Schneider grabbed the flag pole from her daughter, calling it a disgrace to our country. St. Sauver believed Schneider was objecting to the presence and goals of the gay rights group at the parade. But Schneider said afterward that he was only upset at the depiction of the American flag because he felt it disgraced veterans. The Riverfest Board and the LGBT Alliance met Wednesday afternoon and released this joint statement:
"Mark Schneider, Riverfest Commodore for 2010 offered his personal apology to Emily St. Sauver and others that might have been affected for events that happened that day. This apology was accepted with the understanding that both organizations will collaborate to promote La Crosse and the surrounding community as a safe place for all people, where all members of the community can be celebrated."
The statement is signed by both Riverfest President Mike Schieber and LGBT President Kathryn Heitbrink.
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