This has Hope Mills, NC reconsidering the rules for its Fourth of July parades.
Farmer Donnie Spell, who has driven his tractor in the Hope Mills parade for years, tacked a sign saying “White History Month – Hug Wht Ppl” to a trailer filled with watermelons that he pulled down Main Street during Thursday’s event.
Spell’s tractor also featured a Confederate flag, which officials said he’s flown before during the Independence Day parade.
His entry form for the parade lists only his antique tractors and a load of watermelons for sale.
“There was no mention of any type of signage,” Town Manager John Ellis said. “At the lineup, our parks and recreation director saw it. The gentleman was asked to remove it. We thought it had been removed.”