Rita Martin: Ban candy throwing at parades? | SummitDaily.com

Rita Martin: Ban candy throwing at parades?

Rita Martin

I have to agree with some of Traci Clark’s comments. My family and I attended the Frisco 4th of July parade and it started out to be an enjoyable time until the family behind us with four boys came along. Once the parade started, these four little boys ran up in front of us to catch the candy being thrown from the participants in the parade. It would not have been so bad except for their conduct, which was rude and dangerous. Keep in mind that there were other little children sitting by us who politely, calmly and nicely waited for the candy to be thrown, and they even shared their candy with each other if someone didn’t get any. But not these four little boys. I even saw one of them grab a string of beads being held by a little boy beside us and breaking it and not even apologizing. But what else could I expect since it was the same little boy who tramped on my feet and, when I said “ouch,” he just looked at me. No apology. These boys were running out in the street to go on the other side of the street to pick up candy, in front of the floats, creating a possible dangerous situation. At one point one of the little boys ran out in front of the LG Everist truck and almost got run over. Where were the parents? Sitting behind us telling them not to do that, but of course they couldn’t be bothered to get up out of their seats and bring these children under control. Part of the fun of a parade is the candy being thrown, but after my experience this past Fourth, I would prefer that town ban throwing candy.

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