Critics call State Fair float extreme

State Fair parade

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Some parents are concerned a float at the New Mexico State Fair parade may have been a little too shocking. The float featured a real man on a crucifix with some stern warnings for the family crowd. Some parents said the State Fair float was too gruesome.

“I feel like God’s a good thing to know about, and you should express it in a good way but on a float for a family parade. That’s kind of extreme,” Carlos Romero said.

“I think it is a little inappropriate,” Robert Sanchez said. “Maybe they could have done without the fake blood.”

A pastor at the Potter’s House Christian Center behind the float said it was only portraying the truth.

“The Bible said in Isaiah 52 and 53 that he was marred beyond description,” said Pastor Lee Wilson. “He was wounded for our transgressions.”

Pastor Wilson admits it is graphic, it is supposed to be, but he said it is not extreme.

“We have done this for, I’m going to say at least 10 years, and in my own opinion on the nightly news, what you see on video games, what you see that people play all the time is no more provocative than that is,” Wilson said.

The State Fair’s parade guidelines say floats should “conform to standards of reasonable public taste” and “be informative and entertaining.” Whether the float fits that description is up for debate.

“It is not over the top, but it is a strong message,” one parent said.

“I thought it was kind of graphic for the kids,” said another.

No one with the State Fair would do an on-camera interview. A spokesperson said the floats are inspected for appropriateness before the parade.

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