BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - UPDATE: A member of the group told NewsChannel 34 they were allowed to march in the parade. The member claims the group got got “a lot of peace signs and thumbs ups”.
The Binghamton parade did not include a group of veterans who say they were shut out from the event by its organizers.
The Broome County Veterans for Peace group says they applied to be a part of the parade and they were denied by the Broome County Parade Planning Committee.
They held a news conference along the parade route on Main Street outside of Binghamton High School.
Veterans for Peace promotes non-violence and is made up of advocates and veterans.
Veterans for Peace President Jack Gilroy says two members of the committee, who he did not specify, told him members could march in the parade, but they could not include shirts, banners or signs that promote their beliefs.
"The reason is that we have an agenda. Our agenda is peace. Everything you see today is about peace. Stop killing, that's what our agenda is," said Jack Gilroy.
Gilroy says he was also told by the committee that the deadline for parade participants had passed, but organizers were still looking for groups to march in the parade.
The group has been marching in the Memorial Day parade since 2003, and Gilroy says they may not participate in the future.
NewsChannel 34 spoke briefly with a member of the parade committee who refused to comment on the situation.
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