Okla. Sen. Wants Tulsa Parade Name Changed

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Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., says he will boycott a holiday tradition in his childhood home of Tulsa.

The city's downtown parade was originally called the Christmas Parade of Lights. Last year, it was renamed the Holiday Parade of Lights.

The Tulsa World reported Inhofe was disappointed by the name change and wants the parade's organizers to put "Christ" back into the title.

This is the second year that the Sooner State's senior senator has refused to participate in the parade.

Inhofe, who served as Tulsa's mayor from 1978 to 1984, told the newspaper he annually rode in the parade on horseback while his children and grandchildren watched. He says he will continue his boycott until the name is changed back.

"I am hopeful that the good people of Tulsa and the city's leadership will demand a correction to this shameful attempt to take Christ, the true reason for our celebration, out of the parade's title," he said. "Until the parade is again named the Christmas Parade of Lights, I will not participate.''

The Tulsa downtown parade dates back more than 70 years, according to the newspaper.

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