Keep kids out of the street

Everybody loves a parade — but watching little ones scamper out in front of oncoming floats is enough to ruin a parade for everyone.
Aug 1, 2014


One of the most popular events of the annual Coast Guard Festival is Saturday’s Grand Parade. Tens of thousands of people line the parade route to watch the collection of dignitaries, bands and floats.

Along the way, many people toss treats — everything from candy and popsicles to Frisbees, key chains and drink koozies. These “treasures” often succeed in luring children off their perch along the curb and out into the street.

This has numerous ill effects.

The most obvious is the fact that these kids pelting out after a Tootsie Roll are oblivious to the giant vehicle slowly bearing down on them. It’s a terrifying scenario, and one that will at some point end in tragedy.

In addition, kids swelling out into the street make it almost impossible for those behind them to see the parade. Many people staked out spots well ahead of time in hopes of getting a prime viewing location for the parade. Instead, they get a great view of the backside of a swarm of youngsters too antsy to stay out of the street.

The responsibility here lies squarely on the shoulders of the parents, who all too often are engrossed in conversations with friends to notice their little ones dangerously darting out into the road. That’s unacceptable.

Parents, grandparents and others in charge of young children need to take an active role in governing their behavior in situations such as this. Keep your kids safe. Keep them on the curb, or up in the grass, out of harm’s way and out of the way of others.

Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty, Fred VandenBrand and Mark Brooky. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



I see kids actually hoping on the back of moving floats. I'm assuming the parents are not around


Well this is a great idea, doomed to fail unless you can get the nitwits on the floats to stop throwing treats out into the street. Inattentive parents are only half the problem.

This is kind of like the seagull study, you leave food on the beach, you get seagulls diving for the garbage, you throw candy into the street, you get kids diving for Tootsie Rolls. Pretty simple really.


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