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After Michael Jackson documentary, could Lexington’s ‘Thriller’ Parade be in jeopardy?

Lexington’s Halloween parade and a Thriller ending

Lexington was treated Sunday night to Halloween parade on Main Street which was followed by the re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s iconic 1983 “Thriller” video.
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Lexington was treated Sunday night to Halloween parade on Main Street which was followed by the re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s iconic 1983 “Thriller” video.

Lexington is reviewing its annual “Thriller” parade after a new HBO documentary accused Michael Jackson of being a pedophile.

A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said the city is in the earliest stages of evaluation of the annual parade, which takes place each October in downtown Lexington.

The city’s Parks & Recreation office will provide recommendations to Commissioner of General Services Geoff Reed, said Susan Straub, director of communications for the mayor’s office.

“We will be talking to community members,” she said. “After the evaluation is complete, Geoff will discuss his recommendations with the mayor.”.

In the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” two men accused Jackson of sexually abusing them as young boys.

Lexington’s Halloween and “Thriller” parade culminates each year with the annual reenactment of the song and dance Jackson made famous in 1983. After weeks of practice, several hundred zombies dance down Main Street to the iconic Jackson song. Jackson died in 2009.

Readers were split in comments they shared on social media. Several brought up the fact that the allegations against Jackson have been known for years.

“This isn’t new, news,” commenter Liz Renner said. “Continuing or not continuing the parade changes nothing.”

Others said that fact that Jackson was no longer living played a role in their opinion of whether or not to cancel the parade.

“If he were still alive and personally profiting in some way, yes,” Joyce Matthews said on Facebook. “But he’s dead and he’s not ... so, no.”

Another commenter said it might be time to move on from the “Thriller” parade, but not necessarily because of the documentary on the allegations against Jackson.

“If the question had been to end it because it’s time for a change I would have voted Yes,” commenter Sarah Barry said. “Thriller has run its course and is outdated now anyway. Past time for a change.”

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