After much discussion and deliberation, the CarmelFest parade committee agreed to implement a no candy policy for parade floats and entries.
In the past, candy has been tossed out into the crowd, which was great for kids and a fun part of the parade. But, as crowds have increased, the practice of tossing out candy has become a safety issue.
During the last two years, the parade committee requested that candy be handed out instead of tossed. Usually, floats and other parade participants, had rollerblade riders or walkers passing out candy, but handing out candy turned into tossing candy into the eager hands of children in the crowd.
All of the parade committee members decided to take action and implement this new policy before an accident or safety incident occurs.
Even though the candy will not be free-flowing along the parade route, spectators can still enjoy the marching bands, clowns, lively floats, music and fun on July 4th, when the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of AAA Way and Carmel Drive.
Submitted release courtesy of the CarmelFest Parade Committee.