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Macy's moves Joan Jett off SD float

November 16, 2013
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Macy's is moving rocker Joan Jett and her band off the South Dakota tourism float in its Thanksgiving Day parade after ranchers complained about having a vegetarian and animal rights advocate representing their state.

"I've decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people's political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event," Jett said in a statement released Friday. "I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition."

Orlando Veras, Macy's parade spokesman, told The Associated Press on Friday that a new performer for the South Dakota float will be announced later. Veras said that the annual parade in New York City is about entertainment, not advocacy, and that Macy's was making the change "to prevent any further distraction from our entertainment mission."

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