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Hope Mills  town leaders plan to discuss potential guidelines for parades after a July 4 parade entry offended some attendees.

There were enough complaints that town commissioners, the town manager and the town Parks and Recreation Department director decided parade guidelines may be needed in the future.

The parade entry sparking the discussion included a tractor with a Confederate battle flag pulling a trailer of watermelons. On each side of the trailer was a sign that read “White History Month HUG WTE PPL.”

Some parade watchers thought the parade unit contained racist overtones, and that is what prompted the complaints.

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