ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The Occupy St. Louis movement is having an impact on a St. Louis holiday tradition.  Organizers of Macy’s Holiday of Lights festival have decided to abandon Kiener Plaza in favor of City Garden which is just a few blocks away.

A spokesperson for Macy’s says it felt the move would be easiest and best under the circumstances.

Meantime, in U.S. District Court today Judge Carol Jackson is scheduled to consider whether to grant an injunction allowing Occupy St. Louis to put up their tents back up and re-establish their encampment in Kiener Plaza.

Attorneys for the protesters say their constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech was violated when the city moved in early Saturday morning, arrested about two dozen protestors and started cleaning up the park.

City Hall maintains the protesters were in violation of two ordinances: A 10 p.m. park curfew and a prohibition of structures such as tents in city parks.

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  1. Ed Golterman says:

    No sense of history, regionalism, class, or marketing. None. This celebration this year should be west of Tucker in our wider Memorial and Aloe Plazas with more trees and grass and as much parking. This year-centered around the reopened historic Kiel Opera House. With the exterior decorated and wreaths around the majestic bears. Record numbers of people and a record ‘take’ for the Salvation Army. This is our civic center.

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