Residents of Hope Mills, N.C., are upset over a Fourth of July parade float that stirred the ire of many onlookers.
The float, an antique tractor flying a Confederate flag, was pulling a wagon loaded with watermelons and sporting a sign that read, “White History Month, Hug WTE PPL.” The spectacle made some in attendance question who would issue such a permit to the man pulling the tractor, reports ABC11.
Donnie Spell, a farmer, was the man behind the tractor shenanigans. Spell was able to get a permit from the town without a problem. However, Hope Mills administrators told ABC11 that Spell was not entirely truthful when he applied for the permit, saying that he’d only be pulling a tractor with a sign that read “Watermelons for Sale” at a nearby bank parking lot.
ABC11 visited Spell’s home to try to get some answers about the prank, and camera crews were met by an unnamed neighbor who said that Spell’s float was not done to be funny or vicious. Some residents were still upset.
“This should be over, all that stuff should be over,” Hope Mills resident Suzanne Singletary told ABC11. “I don’t understand why people are still living like this.”
Meanwhile, town officials are looking into changing the parade registration process so that incidents like the one involving Spell’s float can never happen again.