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Parade Commotion (11-22-19)

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In 1952, a seemingly sensible change in the starting time of the traditional Thanksgiving Day parade caused such a ruckus that it almost cost Police Commissioner his job. Thousands would protest, a newspaper would editorialize against it, clergymen denounce it. The problem—the Commissioner wanted to change the time of the City-Poly game back from 2:00 to 11:00. And came close to being arrested for starting a riot.