updated 6/9/2006 10:30:45 PM ET 2006-06-10T02:30:45

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A team of baton-twirling children has been banned from marching in the Redwood City, California, Fourth of July parade because they move too slowly.

Parade organizers say the Redwood City Twirlers have held up the parade the past five years, and created a three-minute gap last year that prompted spectators to leave, thinking the show was over.

Parade Chair Bill Anderson says he hated to do it because he likes showcasing local talent. A brass band and two dance troops have also been un-invited this year for the same reason.

The Twirlers have been offered a spot on the festival stage.

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