Santa Claus parades can be messy too
Santa Claus parades provide us with a burst of excitement every year. They play on our desires to relive every Christmas as we did as a child. They allow us to be that five-year-old kid on Christmas morning for that period of time. They can also be a hazard to the environment. But, how can something so steeped in the promise of magic be bad for anything? Just hear this out for a minute. Candy is a part of every Christmas parade. Each one you attend, you’re bound to get a handful of sweets with each passing float. There are suckers, jaw breakers, various types of chewing gum and, of course, the traditional candy canes.
There are even times when the candy is chucked at you from a passing float. And, therein lies the problem. It was all in good fun when the candy was strewn about for happy children to pick up and place in their pockets. But, what of the aftermath? Walk the parade routes moments after it passes and you can’t help but be drawn to the discarded candy — still in its wrapper — strewn about. In some instances, crows made off with the candy. At least something was going to enjoy it, hey. Quite frankly, it was a mess. It is the unsightly result of Christmas parades and something the towns have to examine before the holiday season next year.
Litter has been a big thing in the area for the past couple of years. Councillors are sick of seeing the remnants of fast food left on their highways and in the ditches.
That is why it is so surprising to see such a large amount of candy going to waste on the side of the road.
With people walking the route and handing out candy, surely there was no need to allow candy to be thrown on the road.
In defence of the parades, it is not a common occurrence at these events. In fact, this is probably the first time in several years that litter was such a noticeable thing.
These parades are well-oiled machines. They generally start on time, provide fleeting moments of joy to thousands of residents in the region and give a glimpse of what can happen when everyone is working together.
It is hard to undersell Santa Claus parades. They are magnets for joy and happiness. Did this damper anyone’s spirits? No, candy rarely does. The litter could have been avoided though.