Norfolk, NE - The Norfolk, Nebraska fourth of July parade probably never expected to draw the national eye.
However, one float did just that.
An outhouse on the back of a pickup truck with the words “Obama Presidential Library” on the side, and a figure of a man with his hands to his ears on the front.
The parade was put on by the Odd Fellows Lodge. Spokesman Rick Konopasel told the Lincoln Journal Star, "we don't feel it's right to tell someone what they can and can't express."
"This was political satire, he continued. “If we start saying no to certain floats, we might as well not have a parade at all."
Others didn’t agree."The float was not just political; this was absolutely a racial statement," Glory Kathurima told the paper. “I’m angry, and I’m scared.”
Dick Pfeil is a Norfolk City Councilman. “The city of Norfolk doesn't condone that," he told the Omama World-Herald.
Parade organizers say the float was one of the most popular of the day, drawing an honorable mention award.