Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said funeral parade organizers had never come to the city to ask for help for the funeral parade. He said organizers can move the event if they wish.
"I'm glad there's going to be a funeral parade," Jones said. "I wish it were in Charleston, but if they want to take it to South Charleston, that's their business."
However, Keith Pickens, who has been the parade's grand marshal in Charleston for the past decade, said he would not be participating in the South Charleston event. He said parade organizers hope to revive the Charleston parade next year.
"We wanted to keep it on Capitol Street," Pickens said. "It's a historic location, and it's always been on Capitol Street."
Pickens said organizers may have the parade earlier in the season next year.
"We're trying to work it in with FestivALL, and we're trying to find new sponsors," Pickens said. Charleston holds the annual FestivALL arts festival in June.
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