Cocoa Beach Boat Parade criticized for anti-Biden messages

COCOA BEACH, Fla. — A handful of watercraft displayed vulgar messages criticizing President Joe Biden during the holiday-themed Cocoa Beach Boat Parade, sparking complaints from spectators.

Meanwhile, the Cocoa Beach Rotary Club, which organizes the annual event, has pledged to try to prevent similar situations from happening again.

“Political messaging has no place in a Christmas parade,” Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik said. “We have enough to fight amongst each other about. We don’t need to ruin Christmas over it.”

A tradition since the 1970s, the Cocoa Beach Boat Parade features a procession of illuminated boats. The festive flotilla started Dec. 11 near Centennial Park and headed southward along residential canal-front neighborhoods, ending near Cocoa Beach Country Club.

Some spectators later complained about profane political flags and light displays via social media and calls and emails to City Hall. Cocoa Beach Rotary Club President Marcin Kubiak addressed the issue in an open letter last week, saying the group is apolitical and would be working to make sure it didn’t happen again. 

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