Parade Mocks Pregnancy Pact

Float in neighboring town sparks charge of 'class war'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2008 1:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Gloucester, Mass., teen pregnancy pact is a sensitive matter, which apparently made it fair game for the Fourth of July "Horribles" parade in an upscale neighboring town, the Boston Herald reports. One float in the Beverly Farms procession raucously mocked the situation in blue-collar Gloucester with a giant phallus, which sprayed the crowd while men in diapers crawled from beneath a woman’s legs.

“I’m deeply offended, and there but for the grace of God go your daughter or daughters in any community,” said Gloucester’s mayor. One parade judge even swore off the tradition. “The thing that upset us more than anything was they were throwing condoms,” she said. “There were 5- and 6-year-old kids picking them up and saying, ‘What kind of candy is this?’”