NEWBERRY — With the coming fall and winter, Newberry County residents will have plenty of choices when it comes to parades flush with creative floats, excited children and a sense of community.
One thing that children might look the most forward to is the handing out of candy by those participating in the parades.
But what’s the proper way to distribute candy? Throw it from the float? Or hand it to individuals as the parade progresses?
The rules vary, depending on where the parade is being held.
For instance, the City of Newberry and the town of Prosperity do not allow parade participants to throw candy from a float, while the towns of Little Mountain and Pomaria do.
Karen Livingston, town administrator for Prosperity, said their rule of not throwing candy went into the town’s official rules for the safety of onlooking children.
“We do encourage those participating in the parade to hand out candy on the side of the road as an alternative,” she said.
Chuck Rogers with the Newberry Police Department is the person who handles applications for parades. While there have not been any incidents in Newberry where a child was injured, there have been incidents in other areas of the state.
“We put in the rule when an upstate child (in Clemson) was run over by a float,” he said.
Pomaria allows candy to be thrown from parade floats because they do not see an issue with it.
“The population of Pomaria is not that thick, and it is easier for everyone to keep an eye on the children,” Mayor Darryl Hentz said.
While the regulations vary around the county, the one thing that should remain a constant is the safety of children.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said parents should make sure their children do not run into the street while a parade is passing by and for those throwing candy to throw it as far from the float as possible. Rogers advised parents to keep an eye on their children and make sure they stay on the sidewalk.