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Presidential candidate float denied entry in parade

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NORFOLK — A man who drew criticism for his Norfolk Fourth of July parade float comparing President Barack Obama's future presidential library to an outhouse has created a new display targeting Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Dale Remmich posed a skeleton mannequin inside a makeshift jail cell. Remmich said the mannequin was supposed to represent Trump, Clinton and Sanders and the possible skeletons each could have in their closets. The float has a sign that says, "caution while voting."

"I'm not trying to push a political agenda," Remmich said. "I'm just trying to make people think."

The Norfolk Odd Fellows, which sponsors the parade, declined to allow Remmich's float be a part of the parade this year.

Odd Fellows created a policy allowing it to reserve the right to deny entry to any float or organization whose entry it deems unacceptable in the aftermath of the 2014 outhouse float. Remmich has said he thinks the outhouse display was misunderstood.

"We ask that parade entries be patriotic in their design to celebrate the birth of our great nation," the organization said in a statement. "Mr. Remmich's entry was deemed as negative and politically charged and did not contribute to the parade in a positive way."

Remmich said he did not agree with the organization's decision but did not have any hard feelings toward Odd Fellows.

Remmich drove his float along the parade route once the final entry in the parade had passed.

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