We would encourage them to stay there.
Each year, the Grand Parade is marred when crowds of children push out into the road as they clamor for candy and other handouts. Not only are they endangering themselves, they’re also standing in the way of everyone else who is attempting to watch the parade.
New rules approved during the past few years have banned the throwing of candy and other goodies from floats. Instead, people walking behind the parade entries hand out treats to youngsters — many of whom view the parade as a mini-Halloween in August.
That’s a great step toward keeping kids out of the street, but it doesn’t entirely solve the problem. Whenever someone comes by with a basket full of goodies, kids flood out into the street — many with plastic bags at the ready to collect their sweets and treats.
Parade officials often come down the line and urge people back to the curb.
They shouldn’t have to.
It falls on the shoulders of parents to make sure their children stay out of the road and out of danger. Allowing the youngsters to run into the path of oncoming floats and other parade participants is unsafe for everyone involved, and hugely inconsiderate toward everyone trying to watch the parade from their seats.
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