Holland tulip fest bans anti-abortion group float

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - Organizers of Holland's Tulip Time Festival have told Right to Life officials the anti-abortion group can't have a float in this year's parade.

The May 2-9 flower festival marks its 80th year this year in the western Michigan community. Festival Director Tamra Bouman says Tulip Time long has had a policy against issue-oriented parade entries but didn't enforce it.

The Grand Rapids Press says the festival board decided to enforce the rule because it received a nonprofit tax status in December.

Right to Life Holland-area Director Carol Brower says her group is "confused and totally shocked" after having a float in the parade for 25 years. Its float has a sign with the words, "Life is a Precious Gift."

-- Information from: The Grand Rapids Press

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