Blossomtime Parade http://michiganradio.org en Governor Rick Snyder to act as grand marshal in Benton Harbor parade http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-rick-snyder-act-grand-marshal-benton-harbor-parade <p>Governor Rick Snyder plans to act as the grand marshal of the annual Blossomtime Grand Floral parade in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, this saturday.</p><p>The Detroit News is reporting that groups are planning to protest the parade.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/fb52e6033abe4fcd8efa29f681d50f80/MI--Benton-Harbor-Finances-Snyder/">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. Rick Snyder is scheduled to serve as grand marshal of the annual Blossomtime Grand Floral parade in southwestern Michigan.</p> Fri, 06 May 2011 18:31:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2386 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Rick Snyder to act as grand marshal in Benton Harbor parade Citing protests, Rep. Pscholka bows out of Blossomtime Parade http://michiganradio.org/post/citing-protests-rep-pscholka-bows-out-blossomtime-parade <p>A West Michigan lawmaker has decided not to take part in a parade in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph Saturday because protests are expected at the event.</p><p>State Rep. Al Pscholka says the Blossomtime Parade is not the place to protest Michigan&rsquo;s new Fiscal Accountability Act.</p><p>Demonstrators are expected to rally against the recent actions of an emergency financial manager in Benton Harbor, where the elected city commission was stripped of all its powers.</p><p>Pscholka, a Republican from Stevensville, says in a written statement the parade is a wholesome community event and not the forum for a political sideshow conducted by professional agitators.</p><p>A staff member in Pscholka&rsquo;s office says the representative has left the state for a family event and is not available for further comment.</p><p>Governor Snyder will be the Grand Marshall at the Blossomtime Parade. Fri, 06 May 2011 15:05:51 +0000 Rina Miller 2378 at http://michiganradio.org Citing protests, Rep. Pscholka bows out of Blossomtime Parade