Another small town's Independence Day parade has fallen victim to election season controversy, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The day following the Independence Day Parade in Kingsville, MD, Patch reported on an anti-Obama float that skirted the planning committee's approval by entering only as an "antique vehicle," without listing its political intent.
Two people wearing masks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, rolled along with signs that read, "Obamanomics Spreading the Wealth," and warned against socialism.
The chairman of the Kingsville parade told Patch that the float entry would likely not have gained the committee's advance approval.
It appears that a small Utah town is facing a similar situation—except this time, the Secret Service was notified. A sign on a Fourth of July float in Huntsville, UT, may be interpreted by some as a threat to Obama.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune article:
Participants in the parade entry dressed in suits to mimic President Barack Obama and Secret Service officers. One member of the float donned an Obama face mask.
One sign on the side of the limousine read, "Huntsville welcomes the Obama farewell tour?" and another, on the rear of the vehicle, read, "Ask about our assault gun plan!" Then in smaller letters: "Call Eric Holder."
Huntsville Mayor Jim Truett called the float a "last-minute entry" and said the float would not have been allowed if reviewed beforehand, the article stated.
While the article states the Secret Service was notified, local police say no laws were broken.
Like the chairman of the Kingsville parade, the Utah mayor encouraged residents to focus on the more positive aspects of the overall celebration.
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