Tight budgets are forcing municipalities across the country to make cutbacks in displays and celebrations. In Fresno, Calif., city officials decided to skip the public lighting ceremony for a six-story Christmas tree. Trees in Chicago and Charleston, S.C., are smaller than in past years. And a century-old tradition in Philadelphia is in jeopardy as the Mummers negotiate with the city over who should pay for the annual New Year's Day parade.
Tight Budgets Scale Down Holiday Celebrations
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