According to WTOL, "Police in Wisconsin recommend St. Patrick’s Day parade-goers throw away their candy after several children experienced numbness on their tongue and cheeks after eating what they thought were Tootsie Rolls."

In the eyes of a child, candy is the key to a successful parade. Since I was young, parade rules have changed more and more year after year. I remember the first parade I ever walked in wouldn't allow us to throw candy to anyone. We had to slide it to them on the ground or walk up and put it in their bags.

Lots of parades don't even have candy anymore. And, that is a shame. Whether it's because someone got hit with it or the candy couldn't be trusted. One of the best parade traditions is in danger of going extinct. That is, of course, if your community hasn't gotten rid of it already.


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