Discrimination of Female Entrepreneurs

Discrimination of Female Entrepreneurs

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Holly Corbella started this petition to Belmar St. Patrick's Day parade board

I am a female entrepreneur. I own a few small businesses all based around women empowerment. We recently applied to be in an open to the public parade in belmar Nj.

We received a voicemail from an unknown number stating we were denied. I have called and emailed to see the reason behind this and they refuse to get back to us.

There are no official rules listed that we could have possibly broke in the 2 consecutive years we have marched. If we broke a rule or something happened we would like to know so we can fix this. 

We have attended many family focused events and this exact parade 2 years in a row and would like to know why we are rejected and banned. 

I strongly believe this older male dominated board is discriminating our female run Business and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are others they are doing this to as well.

This needs to stop!!  

⚠️ UPDATE ⛔️ 

They have returned one email stating that we broke 2 rules the last time we marched. Here is the email 


Good Evening,

    I have decided that Holly's parties by bellas will not be allowed to march in the parade this year. In the parade that occurred on March 3, 2019, Holly's parties by bellas violated two of the parade committees rules. Holly's parties by bellas handed out advertisement leaflets to spectators during the parade.

Parade Rules:

2. The Parade Chairman representing the Parade Committee reserves the right to refuse participation to any individual or group deemed offensive or in bad taste.

5.There will be no throwing candy, gum, leaflets or distribution of any type, from individual, group, vehicle or float.


The first “rule break” is not really a rule and the second one was something we did NOT know as against the rules as EVERYONE else does this. I’ve been told by parents their Kids bring empty bags to fill up with candy and items from the parade.  

Apparently if you hand out candy or pass out flyers you’re banned from marching in future parades without a warning or conversation.  

Once again they do not state these rules anywhere or inform you if you accidentally broke a rule. I was in this parade 2 times and never signed off on any rules

A Conversation immediately after the parade should have happened so I could’ve been aware of our mistake and make the proper changes for the future. 

If we knew ahead of time we would of abided by any and all rules. When trying to respond to this email to let them know that now that we are aware of the rules and plan to abide by them they have blocked us. 

This is highly rude and disrespectful to me and my entire company. I believe we deserve answers and the decency of a conversation.  

We just want to March in our local St. Patrick’s Day parade as a company because we enjoy it. 

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