Numerous parade goers made complaints regarding the float. "This should be over, all that stuff should be over," said Hope Mills resident Suzanne Singletary. "I don't understand why people are still living like this."
ABC11 reported that Spell applied and received approval for his float, but only because he said the sign on his wagon would read "Watermelons for Sale."
Hope Mills Mayor Jackie Warner told the Fayetteville Observer she had received a number of complaints, and that the parade's board would review the float application process to prevent similar incidents in the future.
"I believe we've got to make sure we're sensitive to all people's feelings," she said. "Our town has become more diverse."