PULASKI, WI (WTAQ) - The Pulaski Red Raider marching band's performance during Monday's Rose Parade has drawn some controversy.
A post on the liberal blog Daily Kos suggests the band performed the song "Union Maid" by Woody Guthrie during their TV appearance as a nod to public workers.
But Pulaski Superintendent Mel Lightner says that's not what they did.
"There was no political statement at any time," Lightner says. "It's unfortunate that an outstanding performance and tribute to our community gets a little bit jaded and marred by someone trying to make a political spin on it."
Lightner says Pulaski's band director Tom Bush told him it's part of their normal set as the song "Red Wing Polka."
"If you watch the parade, it was the selection done when we had some airtime," Lightner says. "So that song, the Red Wing Polka, was basically to accentuate a very, very important part of the Pulaski area, which is our Polish heritage and polka."
Lightner says Bush claims to not even know that Woody Guthrie put lyrics to the song and re-release it as "Union Maid."