New CarmelFest parade policy: No candy allowed

Children collect candy during last year's CarmelFest parade. (Submitted photo.)

Children collect candy during last year’s CarmelFest parade. (Submitted photo.)

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. 


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13 Responses

  1. Kelly Quinn says:

    Ridiculous…taking away the fun of our youth…just another part of Amerciana going away. Sad. Parades with candy tossing has been done for decades. If parents are concerns for their child’s safety, then stay out of the parade line.

  2. Julie Bolejack says:

    Well, come see us after the parade – Gelato AND Chocolate 🙂 Chocolate for the Spirit 301 E. Carmel Drive – in same shopping strip as McNamara florists

  3. Todd says:

    So we’ve never experienced an injury or incident, but were doing away with a special part of the Carmel Parade that children love most? I understand placing limits; however, we need to remember what makes the event special.

    • Wendy Milejczak says:

      I totally agree, such a disappointing choice. I wonder when the parade itself will be deemed too dangerous….?

  4. sschilt says:

    Really disappointed by this decision. My family has attended this parade for several decades now and the candy was one of the biggest draws for the children. Unfortunately, this parade is no longer a “can’t miss” event for my kids.

  5. Eric Morris says:

    Now I know what gets the bread-and-circuses crowd fired up: stealing candy from babies at the annual worship the US Empire’s military parade. Not crazy debt Ponzi schemes by Brainard, forced annexations, or the bombing and droning that that military does.

  6. Matt Self says:

    My name is Matt – Carmel parent of 4 and I’ll bring a wheelbarrow of candy for all the kids. As a Brit who loves living in Indiana, I’m not going to let Ebenezer Scrooges win this round…..may even throw some too 🇺🇸

  7. Nate says:

    Sad! I grew up with the carmel parade! Back in 1990’s I was in scouts and we ALWAYS gave out candy. It was a big part of the FUN of the parade. I guess there will also be no need for the plastic fireman’s hats!!! Those were used to collect candy in.

  8. Fred Yde says:

    Really….really? Oh come on… Maybe the bands should all wear swimsuits so the marchers don’t get too hot and pass out, crushing their instruments into their chest and ruining a possible career in music. What a bunch of baloney…

  9. Charles Haywood says:

    The CarmelFest Parade Director is Peggy Powell. According to their website, “We welcome your suggestions and ideas for the parade. Just send an e-mail to Peggy” Everyone should email her.

  10. Weaver says:

    If I tell my son (and nephews, nieces, etc) that they won’t be tossing out candy, their interest level will drop. If it wasn’t for that one facet, I don’t think the kids would stay engaged for half the parade. It seems to be so much more saturated with advertising now anyway. *Before anyone says it, I know that the parade isn’t all about candy, but let’s face it….it’s the reason the kids get excited! The number of people who attend the parade will drop. I’d bet the farm on it. If not this year, then next year after it becomes common knowledge that candy is no longer part of the show. If decreasing attendance was the goal…..Well Done!!!

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