DES MOINES, IOWA — To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Arcadia Fire Department, the western Iowa town hosted a parade, party in the park and a water fight as the grand finale. The parade reportedly included a Hillary Clinton impersonator who rode as a prisoner, not a potential president.
The Daily Times Herald reported that Kyle Julin of Manilla, Iowa and his friend, Josh Reetz, crafted a wooden, barbed wire fence prison cell which was pulled behind an ATV. In it was Adam Corky, donning a Clinton look-a-like mask and a prison jump suit. The accompanying sign read “Hillary for Prison.”
Friends of Julin passed out hundreds of water balloons and encouraged those watching the parade from the curbs to throw them at the makeshift prison cell, according to the Daily Times-Herald report.
According to the 2010 census, more than 484 people live in the Carroll County town.
Julin said the group was booed while going down the parade route but said that a large majority of people were supportive of his idea and participated in throwing water balloons.
Tim Tracy, a chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee, also told The Omaha World-Herald that the float was “inappropriate.”
It is “not appropriate to be handing water balloons to little children and inviting them to throw” them at such a display, Tracy told the World-Herald. “I’m sure there are some that wondered, ‘Why is that lady in a cage? Why are they being mean? Why are they throwing water balloons at her?’”
Craig Williams, the chairman of the Carroll County Republicans, told the The Daily Times Herald his organization had nothing to do with the float but saw it as an outlet for people’s frustrations over Clinton’s past.