NO CANDY @ the Christmas Parade!

NO CANDY @ the Christmas Parade!

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Since: Sep 08

Glasgow

#1 Sep 18, 2008
I was told yesterday the city of Glasgow isn't allowing candy to be thrown from the floats. Is this true? I hope not!!
On the Committee

Tompkinsville, KY

#2 Sep 18, 2008
It is true. There are to many unsupervised kids running around and someone is going to get injured. It is terrible it has come to this, but parents will not take responsibility for their kids!

“I'm not bad..”

Since: Aug 08

I'm just drawn that way

#3 Sep 18, 2008
There is another thread about this if you want to go read it. Apparently it is true. There is a petition at Zaxby's if you want to sign to keep the candy.
sassy girl

Tompkinsville, KY

#4 Sep 26, 2008
Ol Skool wrote:
There is another thread about this if you want to go read it. Apparently it is true. There is a petition at Zaxby's if you want to sign to keep the candy.
there is also one at taco bell
naturelover

Glasgow, KY

#5 Sep 26, 2008
cry me a river
wink

Glasgow, KY

#6 Sep 26, 2008
buy your kid some candy before the parade and place it into a little holiday stocking....when a big float comes...throw it under it and say "fetch!"...dont you dare be outdone!!
sassy girl

Tompkinsville, KY

#7 Sep 26, 2008
naturelover wrote:
cry me a river
there are some people that enjoy the little children with there candy bags just waiting for the parade to begin so cry me a river have a heart for the little children who enjoy receiving a few peices of cheap candy.
hillbilly

Glasgow, KY

#8 Sep 26, 2008
This has been on going for years it's part of the christmas prade tradition!
friend

Tompkinsville, KY

#9 Sep 26, 2008
wink wrote:
buy your kid some candy before the parade and place it into a little holiday stocking....when a big float comes...throw it under it and say "fetch!"...dont you dare be outdone!!
children arent dogs. why b so rude
coltons employee

Glasgow, KY

#10 Sep 26, 2008
i have a little girl that loves getting candy at the parade.you dont have to be so rude. if you had a kid maybe you would understand. i love seeing all of the childrens faces light up when they are running after the candy. i think that the parade should continue on with the tradition and throw out candy. i will definitely sign the petition. thanks for the information keep me posted please.
Firemans Daughter

Glasgow, KY

#11 Sep 26, 2008
I actually agree with not having the candy. I've been to almost every parade and Parent's can not take the responsability to keep there kids from running out in to the middle of the street. The county has finally realized that sooner or later someone kid is going to get hurt due to nelgective parents. Maybe this years parents will finally relizie that they need to watch there kids and they may let candy be thrown next year.
And I do have something small to say about the comment Coltons Employee left. Kids do love getting the candy, but the parade was not put together just so kids could get free candy. It wan meant to bring people together and rejoice in the feeling of christmas. Alot of kids like to see all the wonderful floats people try and put together. All the candy does is attract greedy adults that snatch the candy up for themselves.(I'm not acusing you Colotons of doind this, I have just seen alot of people do this every year).Just pack your kids a bag of candy to munch on while watching the parade. Or even take a healthier route and bring other kinds of snacks and let them watch the parade.
I just think that this year of having no candy will be a learning experiance for those who were so carless thoughout the years.
Helpful

Glasgow, KY

#12 Sep 26, 2008
Firemans Daughter wrote:
I actually agree with not having the candy. I've been to almost every parade and Parent's can not take the responsability to keep there kids from running out in to the middle of the street. The county has finally realized that sooner or later someone kid is going to get hurt due to nelgective parents. Maybe this years parents will finally relizie that they need to watch there kids and they may let candy be thrown next year.
And I do have something small to say about the comment Coltons Employee left. Kids do love getting the candy, but the parade was not put together just so kids could get free candy. It wan meant to bring people together and rejoice in the feeling of christmas. Alot of kids like to see all the wonderful floats people try and put together. All the candy does is attract greedy adults that snatch the candy up for themselves.(I'm not acusing you Colotons of doind this, I have just seen alot of people do this every year).Just pack your kids a bag of candy to munch on while watching the parade. Or even take a healthier route and bring other kinds of snacks and let them watch the parade.
I just think that this year of having no candy will be a learning experiance for those who were so carless thoughout the years.
Amen!

I had to drive in the Glasgow Christmas parade several times a few years ago. I refused to do it ever again as long as candy was thrown out.

Are the majority of parents irresponsible & allow their kids to dart into the parade route to pick up candy, pushing and shoving other kids to get a five cent piece of candy? No. But are their a substantial number of clueless parents who DO endanger their kids by allowing them to do it? Absolutely.

It's just a matter of time until a child is run over and seriously injured or, God forbid, killed by a parade entry. Then everyone would by shouting "Why didn't they stop throwing out candy years ago? This is a tragedy that didn't have to happen!"

Add to that the fact that some unsupervised teens have taken to using the candy as "weapons" to throw back at the people in the parade, damaging property and, potentially, causing injury to parade participants and those there to watch.

It just isn't worth it.

You can go to the Dollar General Store before the parade and get your kids the same amount of candy they would get at the parade for less than $2.

Better yet, make a thermos full of hot chocolate, take some small disposable cups (and dispose of them properly afterward, please) and enjoy some family time at the parade. Have a "goody bag" of a few pieces of candy, a game or a toy in the car for after the parade.

Chances are that if YOU don't make a big deal of their being no candy being tossed at the parade...and if YOU put forth a little bit of effort to make it an enjoyable family experience...then your kids won't care one way or the other. They'll just be glad to be there with you having a good time.
been there

Glasgow, KY

#13 Sep 26, 2008
It is not about the candy it is about traditon. They should continue with the candy. I know someone could get hurt but how many years has Glasgow had a parade..... and I don't believe anyone has been killed yet over a piece of candy. Also most of the younger kids, until Santa comes along, are pretty bored. I don't think cars interest them but the candy they throw sure does. Also the parade does not go fast enough to do too much damage. The drivers need to pay attention and the people throwing the candy should throw it far enough to get into the crowd and yes parents need to supervise their children. But there still needs to be candy.
Boredem Took Over

Glasgow, KY

#14 Sep 26, 2008
been there wrote:
It is not about the candy it is about traditon. They should continue with the candy. I know someone could get hurt but how many years has Glasgow had a parade..... and I don't believe anyone has been killed yet over a piece of candy. Also most of the younger kids, until Santa comes along, are pretty bored. I don't think cars interest them but the candy they throw sure does. Also the parade does not go fast enough to do too much damage. The drivers need to pay attention and the people throwing the candy should throw it far enough to get into the crowd and yes parents need to supervise their children. But there still needs to be candy.
The tradition was not started to just give candy out to kids. As for the drivers, they are paying attention to the floats in front of them, so they don't ram into them. It is the responsability of the parents to watch out for there own kids, not the drivers and not the people throwing out the candy. I think it is about time that the county did something about this. As for them not going fast enough to do any damage, it doesn't take much to injure a kid that is ran over buy the big trucks and floats. Think about that... I have personally seen how easily kids are hurt and speed has nothing to do with it.

Once again the parents should take the initiave to care for there kids and the drivers should worry about what is in front of them, not what kid has crawled under there vechiles. Plus, like last year, many kids were getting shoved into the road because of the candy thing... Candy at the parade is just to much of a hazard. If they want to give out candy then it should just be handed out to random kids... Eventually everyone would get at least a little candy.... But I am still for banning candy at the parade. If your kid wants candy go buy them some, you can get a bag at walmart for $2. Now whats $2 compared to your childs safety?
Samantha

Cave City, KY

#15 Sep 26, 2008
I was riding on a float one year and adults were yelling out at us because they didn't get any candy. There is NO way to give everyone candy. I recall cursing us too. I say forget the candy.
Get the candy at Halloween. Probably the ones that will be or are fussing are the one's that trick or treat everywhere and fill lots of bags like they will never get any candy again. Look at South Green Street Halloween night. People come from everywhere to trick or treat up and down that street. When we were kids we went around the block we lived on. We had a trick or treater at our house that was in a stroller and couldn't even eat the candy. Wonder who got that candy? It's the parents that are so tored down about the candy thing. Geez, try buying candy for that amount of people and the little one's aren't even the one's getting it. Who are the Parade Organizers anyway?
remember when_

Glasgow, KY

#16 Sep 26, 2008
An issue that I have with candy being thrown at the parade is that my Mom is in a wheelchair and the kids are so anxious to get the candy, that it puts them in danger. I threatened to go to the store and buy candy to hand out, but have not taken it that far. There are children that run out in front of her just to get the candy. It makes her so nervous, she is afraid someone is going to get hurt. It would not be so bad if they would not get so close to the vehicles in the parade. To see those kids' eyes when the floats pass by is way more important than how many tootsie rolls can fit into one pocket!! What's worse are the adults. I have actually heard adults yelling because usually by the time floats get to the square they are out of candy, What kind of example is this?
One thing that helped this year around the square was that they put up barriers so that no one could go past so perhaps no one could get in front of those who had been sitting there listening to the wonderful music.
This has become a wonderful tradition for me and my mom. We look so forward to it every year. However, I, for one, am very thankful there will be no candy. I hope this year's Christmas parade is as delightful as we all expect and I hope we all get to enjoy it!! Thanks to all people responsible for making it happen!
Helpful

Glasgow, KY

#17 Sep 27, 2008
been there wrote:
It is not about the candy it is about traditon. They should continue with the candy. I know someone could get hurt but how many years has Glasgow had a parade..... and I don't believe anyone has been killed yet over a piece of candy. Also most of the younger kids, until Santa comes along, are pretty bored. I don't think cars interest them but the candy they throw sure does. Also the parade does not go fast enough to do too much damage. The drivers need to pay attention and the people throwing the candy should throw it far enough to get into the crowd and yes parents need to supervise their children. But there still needs to be candy.
I hope you aren't being serious.

The potential for serious injury or death doesn't have anything to do with how fast a float or the vehicle pulling it is going. It has everything to do with something that weights up to a couple of tons crushing a child.

"PLANT CITY, Florida (AP)-- A 9-year-old boy died after being run over by a church float in a Christmas parade."

"PAW PAW, Mich.(NEWSCHANNEL 3)- A child is recovering Monday morning after a parade float ran him over at the Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival Sunday."

"GREENLAND, N.H.(AP)- Counselors were available at an elementary school yesterday to help children cope with the death of a classmate who was run over by a float in the Portsmouth holiday parade."

If you've never driven in the parade when candy is being tossed out, trust me when I say that it is a nerve-wracking experience.

Your attention is drawn 4 different ways at once, which invites an accident to happen.

You're trying to pay attention to your speed and the distance between you and the entry in front of you.

You're trying to pay attention to those walking the parade route.

You're trying to pay attention to those riding on your entry.

You're trying to pay attention to the crowd along the parade route, who ALWAYS seem to creep further and further into the street the longer the parade goes on.

While we're on the subject, there's another issue I think the committee should address.

The parade committee (1) should do away with candy, and (2) should reduce the length of the parade.

The Glasgow Christmas parade has gotten to be too large. It's big for the sake of being big.

Do we REALLY need to see a decorated "honey dipper" truck to get into the Christmas spirit? Or is that entry in there just to advertise those "honey dipping" services?

Does every beauty shop in town NEED to be in the parade tossing out samples of shampoo and conditioner? Are they in the parade because they are in the spirit of the season, or are they in there just because every other beauty shop in town is in the parade?

Yes, the younger kids do tend to get bored until Santa rolls past. That's because the parade is just too darn long. It's become somewhat of a bragging right for Glasgow to say that we have the biggest Christmas parade in the state. But why? What's the point?

It's gotten too big to be managed.

The bigger the parade gets, the bigger the gaps in the parade get. The more "filler" entries your kids have to wait through for Santa to arrive. The longer the kids wait, the more restless they are going to get. The more restless they get, the more likely they are to dart in front of a parade entry to grab some candy out of boredom.

There isn't a reason on Earth for the parade to have over 200 entries and last over two hours.

Feel free to call me a Grinch. I'm not.

I happen to think the parade's focus should be more on quality, not quantity.
shut up

Tompkinsville, KY

#18 Sep 27, 2008
please take your 2 dollar bag of candy away from the kids and shut up who cares about your 200 floats that took you so much time to prepare take your babies to chuckie cheese go by the mall and see santa. kids there are people in the world who arent happy no matter what so they want to see you unhappy also. see ya at chuckie cheese watch the parade while you eat the candy of your choice from the comfort of home.
candyman

Cave City, KY

#19 Sep 27, 2008
yeah
try beeing diabetic at a christmas parade
the worst feeling in the world
i remeber when i was a lil younger and all the kids were grabing hand fulls
NOPE NOT ME
it was cold, i was hungry
NO CANDY THIS YEAR... HURAYYYY
little rodents need 2 eat celery and carrots
been there

Glasgow, KY

#21 Sep 28, 2008
I said it was tradition to give candy out at the parade. Not that the parade was started to give out candy.

Yes everyone at the parade including drivers, parents and people throwing candy are responsible for their actions. And yes that means keeping an eye out for kids.

I still do not think every kid has to suffer because someone is irresponsible. If a kid falls out of a tree should we cut down all of the trees?

I know this doesn't matter but everyone keeps harping on a $2 bag of candy. I don't know where people are finding decent candy for $2 but all the Halloween candy I have been finding is $5-$7 a bag, Unless I would want to purchase approx 6 Reeces cup which by the time I bought enough it would cost for my needs it would cost a fortune.

But I agree a good compromise for the ones who want to give candy to the kids is to have someone responsible enough to walk along side their float and throw/give candy to the kids. that would also stop alot of kids from following the floats and taking all of the candy which I have seen happen. But my opinion is still not to totally do away with the candy IT IS A TRADITION. Some traditons that people have are silly (at least to other people) but that doesn't mean they should be stopped.

Any yes OMG as an adult I have hollered for candy BUT it was at a friend and it was for fun and if kids were not with me I gave it to other kids. I have picked up candy and given it to kids with without hollering as well. I guess that makes me a terrible adult.
Boredem Took Over wrote:
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The tradition was not started to just give candy out to kids. As for the drivers, they are paying attention to the floats in front of them, so they don't ram into them. It is the responsability of the parents to watch out for there own kids, not the drivers and not the people throwing out the candy. I think it is about time that the county did something about this. As for them not going fast enough to do any damage, it doesn't take much to injure a kid that is ran over buy the big trucks and floats. Think about that... I have personally seen how easily kids are hurt and speed has nothing to do with it.
Once again the parents should take the initiave to care for there kids and the drivers should worry about what is in front of them, not what kid has crawled under there vechiles. Plus, like last year, many kids were getting shoved into the road because of the candy thing... Candy at the parade is just to much of a hazard. If they want to give out candy then it should just be handed out to random kids... Eventually everyone would get at least a little candy.... But I am still for banning candy at the parade. If your kid wants candy go buy them some, you can get a bag at walmart for $2. Now whats $2 compared to your childs safety?

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