Fireworks Won’t Fly in Patchogue Parade

Fireworks by Grucci, America’s First Family of Fireworks and the top name in fireworks entertainment since 1850, generously donated over $5,000 worth of fireworks last year to the annual Patchogue Christmas Boat Parade in Long Island, NY.

This year, however, a narrow majority of Grinches on the chamber board voted to change the name to the Patchogue Holiday Boat Parade.  As a result, Grucci vice president Philip Butler said his firm will not provide fireworks for the event because the word “Christmas” is removed from its title.

The Greater Patchogue Foundation, which hosts the event on November 23, 2008 along with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, decided in an un-unanimous vote to change the name because the use of the word “Christmas” garnered complaints from people who wanted the event to “be more inclusive,” said Charles Baker, president of the chamber.

Patchogue’s Mayor, Paul Pontieri, said: “When I think about fireworks, I don’t think about Christmas anyway – I think about the Fourth of July.”

Read more of the news story here and watch a video interview with Philip Butler.  Email, write, or phone to express your disappointment with the Patchogue Grinches.

Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce
15 North Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 475-0121

The Greater Patchogue Foundation
15 North Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 475-0121



1 Comment »

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    patricia condos Says:

    Yet another disappointment in Patchogue. What is wrong with you people?
    Christmas IS about this season…HAS ALWAYS BEEN. To the fact that all were included to celebrate regardless of your affiliation. Christmas IS a Christian celebration that is shared with the world. You want to change history and why we celebrate to be “politically correct”. You continue to not understand why we need more understanding for what the taxpayers in Patchogue want. The Traditions to remain in the same. You people are not the wise representatives that we need or want. No wonder we do not have a good reputation.

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