On behalf of the Harlem City Council, the Oliver Hardy Festival Committee and myself, we would like to apologize to anyone who attended the Oliver Hardy Festival Parade and was affected by the morbid scenes and actions of a group advertising a haunted house. We were not aware of what was about to take place, and this group was not approved to participate in the parade.
The city of Harlem has always felt confident in the safe and wholesome nature of the Oliver Hardy Festival and Parade. We take pride in the beauty, cleanliness, and, most importantly, the family friendly atmosphere of our city.
Please be assured that we will make every effort to ensure that this type of behavior is not allowed in future city parades. We ask that you return to our community and make plans to attend the Oliver Hardy Festival and Parade next year.
Mayor Robert W. Culpepper