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Third ID band pulled from Claxton festival, parade

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Bruce Purcell, immediate past president of the Evans County Wildlife Club, says the Third ID will be missed. Bruce Purcell, immediate past president of the Evans County Wildlife Club, says the Third ID will be missed.
CLAXTON, GA (WTOC) -

It's a tradition every year. The Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival in Claxton will be missing a special part of its event. The move is due to the cuts in Washington-Fort Stewart has been pulled from the parade.

The Third ID will be missed from the festival and parade.

Crowds love it when the rhythm of the Marne Band performs. It was in Claxton they broke ranks and danced to "South Rampart Street Parade," high-fived the crowd, which, of course, went wild.

WTOC was told the mandatory military cutbacks are behind the change. The color guard will still be there to lead a parade through a construction-free downtown Claxton followed by a better-than-ever festival at the Evans County Wildlife Club.

"It use to be all about snakes and it still is but we have so much wildlife. You could go the whole time and not see a snake. We have the Brian Staples Safari Zoo. We have lions, tigers, monkeys, camels, birds of prey from Georgia Southern University - so just a lot to see and do," said Bruce Purcell, immediate past president of the Evans County Wildlife Club.

"It's regrettable, but it's understandable due to the budget. We know that the budget is being cut. They've always been a big part of the parade," he said.

Purcell said he hopes the whole budget issue can be fixed and the band can return to Claxton next year.

"We ask for your patience and understanding while we work through the transition to operations under the current sequestration limits," Fort Stewart said in a statement.  

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