Mayor discusses controversial festival poster
PONCHATOULA - The mayor of this small town that has become a hotbed of controversy surrounding the poster for its popular spring festival said in a letter posted online, he is happy with how everyone involved rectified the situation.
"It is my sincere hope and expectation that all our interactions with each other in this wonderful community will continue to meet that same standard, no matter who we are talking to or what we are talking about. Ponchatoula is a beautiful place, full of unique characters with unending experiences and perspectives, and we should always be eager to learn from and rally around each other," Mayor Bob Zabbia said.
Click HERE to read the entire letter, posted on ActionNews17.com.
In March, the poster situation became heated after it was unveiled. It shows two black figures holding a flat of strawberries. Some said the poster was racist while others said it was a reference to southern art.
Organizers of the Strawberry Festival agreed not to sell the poster on festival grounds during the event, April 10 -12.
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