Even the Santa parade is hit by the safety police

NZ Herald reports:

The tradition of throwing lollies and squirting water at the crowd has been banished from Christmas parades under health and safety rules enforced by .

Oh Good God. Of course there is some small risk of harm, but let’s use common sense. Has any harm ever actually occured, or is likely to?

There is a big difference between mitigating risk and trying to eliminate it.

rules
* No throwing lollies or gifts to children. Handing them to children is okay.
* No wetting people, with pistols, bombs and cannon.
* Drive floats at walking pace only.
* No passengers under 5 years old.
* No gymnasts doing cartwheels among animal droppings.

Okay that last rule is probably pretty sensible!

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