Chester County, PA, kids will no longer get the chance to scramble for candy tossed from floats at the annual Halloween parade because suddenly the local tradition is too dangerous.
American parade routes are littered with small, candy-clutching collateral damage.
As the paper reports:
In the past, participants in the annual Halloween Parade threw candy goodies to children along the route.
This year, the borough will instead set up four distribution stations where candy will be handed out.
“Candy is still going to be distributed on Halloween and for public safety reasons and the safety of our children it will be distributed differently,” Mayor Jordan Norley said. “Nonetheless, our children are going to have more sweets than they can eat.”
“They won’t have to struggle with other children who are trying to get the same thing,” Kurowski said. “We prefer to be proactive rather than reactive.”
Kurowski said that typically 1,000 to 1,200 community members directly participate in the parade which is viewed by up to 5,000.
If that is not the definition of a small town holiday parade, I’ll eat my bite-size Three Musketeers (and yours). And yet, nothing is safe enough today, not even a wholesome parade with mock rifles. Or perhaps ESPECIALLY a parade with mock rifles.