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Chicago celebrates WNBA champion Sky with parade

Oct. 19, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago turned out Tuesday for a parade celebrating the WNBA champion Sky, bringing a big smile to the city celebrating its first world championship since 2016. Fans lined Michigan Avenue to cheer on the Sky after they beat the Phoenix Mercury 80-74...

"Celebration Gator:" Louisiana float to be in Macy's parade

Oct. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will introduce an alligator-themed float celebrating the state's music, food and culture at the 95th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who oversees state tourism efforts, announced the float...

NC actor has lead role in Lifetime’s ‘Switched Before Birth’

Oct. 18, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Bo Yokely, a resident of Kernersville, says he is extremely happy about his performance in his most notable role to date in the Lifetime movie “Switched Before Birth.” In the movie, Yokely as Brian Crawford and Skyler Samuels as Olivia...

Seattle school cancels Halloween parade over equity issues

Oct. 14, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle Public Schools elementary school has canceled its Halloween parade, saying the event has historically marginalized students of color who don’t celebrate the holiday. Seattle Public Schools said in an emailed statement that for at least five...

Spain's national day salutes Columbus with little opposition

Oct. 12, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Pomp, pageantry and a grand military parade marked Spain’s national day ceremonies in Madrid on Tuesday, overshadowing protests against what some see as a misguided celebration of Spanish colonial history. Cavalry members escorted King Felipe VI and...

Columbus Day Parade returns to NYC after 2020 cancellation

Oct. 11, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The annual Columbus Day Parade returned to New York City on Monday after being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Marching bands and floats traveled up Fifth Avenue as spectators waved green, white and red Italian flags. Organizers...

Tensions persist between legacy of Columbus, native people

Oct. 11, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

Monday's federal holiday dedicated to Christopher Columbus is highlighting the ongoing divide between those who view the explorer as a representative of Italian American history and others horrified by an annual tribute that ignores native people whose lives and culture were forever changed...

Taiwan rejects China's 'path' amid show of military force

Oct. 10, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Sunday vowed to defend the island from China's rising pressure for reunification, after a week of unprecedented tensions with Beijing. Speaking at the island's National Day celebrations, a rare show of Taiwanese defense...

Mardi Gras 2022: House floats? Yes. Parades? Maybe.

Oct. 09, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The group behind the wave of houses decorated to look like floats during this year's pandemic-curtailed Mardi Gras is continuing the tradition in 2022 while the mayor weighs whether to allow parades during the upcoming Carnival season. ...

Amherst school district to require student COVID-19 vaccines

Sep. 30, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — All eligible students in Massachusetts' Amherst Regional school district will be required to get a coronavirus vaccine that has full federal approval by Dec. 1 to continue attending classes, the school committee voted. The Amherst Regional School...