Future of Delaware Town’s Hummer’s Parade That Parodied Border Crisis Still Undecided

Mayor Kenneth Branner Jr. says the town's solicitor determined that a citizens committee's recommendations could be unconstitutional

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What to Know

  • The future of the 2020 Hummer's Parade in Middletown, Delaware, remains in limbo.
  • Mayor Kenneth Branner Jr. says the town's solicitor determined that a citizens committee's recommendations could violate freedom of speech.
  • The town has grappled with how to regulate the annual New Year's Day parade after criticism over a float portraying children in cages.

The future of a parade that caused controversy in a Delaware town is uncertain as the mayor says proposed guidelines would be unconstitutional.

News outlets report no decision was made about the 2020 Hummer's Parade on Monday night at a council meeting in Middletown. Mayor Kenneth Branner Jr. says the town's solicitor determined that a citizens committee's recommendations could violate freedom of speech rights.

The town has been grappling with how to regulate the annual parade on New Year's Day after criticism over a float portraying children in cages at the U.S. border.

The mayor says the town solicitor will suggest changes to proposed parade guidelines ahead of another public meeting on Dec. 18.

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