We're learning more about who is or isn't behind a controversial gay pride parade that may come to Wausau.
Newsline 9 has investigated the event that's raised questions and sparked criticism. The gay pride parade is scheduled for next Saturday.
According to city records, the organizer's name is Daxx Bouvier, but there are no records of Bouvier living or working in Central Wisconsin. The explanation from a man claiming to be Bouvier's friend and business partner doesn't add up.
Patti Kittel owns PeepShine Children's Clothing in downtown Wausau. Outside her business, a flier was posted promoting the gay pride parade.
"He came in here and he had fliers promoting a gay pride parade," Kittel told Newsline 9. The man she's talking about is someone going by the name Daxx Bouvier. He's listed as the gay pride parade organizer on Wausau city documents.
"He had a business card that he gave to me with Daxx Bouvier on there with contact information and then he left," Kittel explained.
But since that meeting and when the parade was announced, many have had a hard time contacting him, including the Wausau Police Department.
"We're providing support for this parade as we do with any parade permitted by the city," Captain Bryan Hilts said. "We will have a lead squad car and a follow up vehicle for the protection of the people participating in this parade."
Newsline 9 contacted the city clerk's office in search of the event permit. City officials gave us the name of the man who filled it out. They say a man did it on behalf on Bouvier. We contacted him. He sat down with us Thursday on the condition that we do not use his name. He told us to call him David Blake. He then told us about his friend Daxx, who he says is organizing the parade.
"He's helping finance the parade and he's given tidbits on the decorations and things like that," Blake told Newsline 9.
On Friday, we went to Kittel's business. We showed her Blake's picture.
"Can you identify this man right here," Newsline 9 asked Kittel. "Oh, that's Daxx, that's the guy who came in here and said I'm Daxx Bouvier."
On top of all this, Blake told Newsline 9 that democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin was invited to the parade.
"It just so happens she will be in Wausau on that day anyway," Blake told Newsline 9 during an interview Thursday.
But when Newsline 9 contacted Senator Baldwin's office they told us they had no record of any invitation. In fact the senator won't even be in Wausau that day. We tried multiple times to contact Blake Friday, but he never returned any of our calls.
Wausau officials tells us parade organizers still owe the city money. They also haven't provided proof of insurance needed to hold this event. Without those things, city leaders say they could shut the event down.
Meanwhile, members of the gay community say they want to distance themselves from the gay pride parade and make an event of their own.
Organizers say "The March for Equality" will follow the same path as the gay pride parade.
It will start at Marathon Park in Wausau and make its way down Stewart Avenue and to the 400 Block.
Organizers say the lack of communication with Daxx Bouvier has them concerned the parade will misrepresent the local LGBT community.