Repairs to Burlington’s controversial ‘Parade’ mural not expected soon

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – It’s hard to miss the large tarp that’s covered a small section of the “Everyone Loves a Parade” mural this summer.

The city has been working to restore the mural after vandals defaced it last year. Doreen Kraft, executive director of Burlington City Arts, said it could be several months before the repairs are ready to be unveiled.

“Color matching is very hard and it’s taking some time,” Kraft said. “We’re hoping to have this back up by the holidays.”

The original artist, Pierre Hardy, is not working on the restoration. The mural has been vandalized on multiple occasions, but the most recent incident was so extensive that police speculated it was beyond repair.

The mural, which depicts the accomplishments of a cast of historical figures, has been the topic of debate at City Hall for the past year due to what critics say is a lack of diversity.

In October, Burlington City Council agreed to relocate the mural by August 2022.

The resolution also requires that the existing placards next to the mural explain that it is not a comprehensive representation of Burlington’s history. Kraft said the new placard will be completed sometime next month.

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