Hang on to your candy at Southold parades

05/21/2014 4:00 PM |
Candy may be handed out but not thrown during parades in Southold Town. (Katherine Schroeder file photo)

Candy may be handed out but not thrown during parades in Southold Town. (Katherine Schroeder file photo)

The Southold Town Board amended its special event legislation Tuesday to prohibit candy, beads and all other objects from being tossed to spectators along parade routes. 

Residents who want to host parades will be reminded of the policy when they apply for road-use permits.

The amendment was a response to concerned parents who said they feared their children could be hurt while running into the street to grab treats. In addition, board members said they were concerned for the safety of volunteers who monitor the parade from the sidelines, noting that during a past event, flying candy gave one person an eye injury.

Before the vote at their Tuesday work session, board members said fire and police officials should enforce the policy strictly during all parades.

Applicants found in violation would risk having future permit requests denied, according to Southold Town Board.

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