Hope Mills enforces holiday parade rules

The Associated Press

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HOPE MILLS — After a controversy with a parade float last Fourth of July, the community of Hope Mills has new rules for this weekend's holiday parade.

The controversy last summer centered on a float with a sign that said "White History Month" and had a bed full of watermelons and a Confederate flag.

The Fayetteville Observer reports  that the town has drawn up new parade rules that were approved in September.

During Saturday's holiday parade, messages on floats are limited to the names of the sponsoring organizations and generic holiday greetings such as "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Chanukah."

The ordinance prohibits what it calls "expressive symbols," but allows flags including both the United States and the Confederate flags.

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