The Review recently published information on changes the Athens Chamber of Commerce has implemented to improve the safety of the Christmas Parade. These changes involve restrictions on throwing candy to the spectators. I, for one, strongly support this change.

In the past, children and adults have surged from the sidewalks to the center of the parade route whenever candy was being thrown. This limits the view for spectators remaining on the sidewalks but more importantly has put children at risk for injury by approaching too closely to the parade floats. I hope all participating in the parade will accept and rigorously implement this new policy. A death or injury to a child could threaten the continuation of the parade for future years.

Thanks for the hard work and good decision by the Chamber of Commerce!

Michael Ellsberry


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