UPDATE: City says it will allow signs for parade after ACLU announces lawsuit

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A local law firm is claiming victory in a brief fight with the City of Savannah after they announced signs would be prohibited in a secure area for Vice President Mike Pence during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

On Wednesday, the city announced an extensive list of items that would be prohibited in the “Enhanced Security Zone,” including items like backpacks, firearms and air horns.

But the ban on posters or signs caught the attention of the ACLU.

Just a day before the St. Patrick’s Day parade, The Claiborne Firm announced they were fighting back against “the unconstitutional sign ban” along with the ACLU.

On Friday, city spokesperson Michelle Gavin said she misspoke when she announced on Wednesday that signs would be prohibited in the secure zone during Pence’s visit.

The city will now allow signs at the parade in the restricted area, so long as the signs are not on sticks or poles or made of hard material.

Signs also cannot exceed 20 feet by 3 feet by a quarter inch thick, the city said in a statement.

Other items still on the list include: Aerosol sprays, Air horns, Alcoholic beverages, Animals (other than service animals), Backpacks, Bags (including purses), Chairs, Coolers, Drones, Duffel bags, E-Cigarettes, Explosives of any kind (including fireworks), Firearms and ammunition (either real or simulated), Flags on sticks, Glass containers, Kegs, Knives, Blades or sharp objects (of any length), Laser pointers, Mace and/or pepper spray, Packages, Pocket or hand tools (such as ‘Leatherman’ tools), Portable chairs (other than those for disabled persons), Sticks or poles, Suitcases, Tables, Tents, Thermoses, Umbrellas.

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