Are you planning to see a parade this summer? There’s something exciting about the idea of a parade, especially when you have kids. But this classic summer event can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions.
Dress for the Event
Before you head to the parade, check the weather. Summer parades often mean hot temperatures and lots of sun. Dress the whole family in clothes that are cool and allow the skin to breathe so you don’t get overheated. A sun hat is also a good idea to give little faces some shade and protection from the UV rays.
A few items brought along to the parade can keep you and your family safe from summer heat. A sun umbrella is a great idea since many parade routes don’t include shade. Bring a blanket or chairs to keep your child off the hot ground. A battery-operated fan or a mister bottle is a good idea on a hot day. Don’t forget to bring lots of cold water. A small cooler is a great idea — and it can double as a seat.
Sunscreen is an essential for a summer parade. Slather on the sun protection before you leave the house. Bring the bottle along so you can reapply as necessary — especially if you plan to stick around for other outdoor activities after the parade.
Take a Seat
Choosing your seat can help you stay safe at the parade. Your child will want to be up front so he can get to all of the candy and goodies the parade entrants through. Arrive early so you can get a front spot right along the curb. If your child has a front-row seat, he might be less likely to try to push to the front and end up too far into the street.
Arriving early can also allow you to find a prime seat. Look for a spot with some shade if possible. You’ll feel a lot more comfortable and reduce the risk of heat injuries.
Set the Rules
Talk through the parade safety rules with your child before the first float arrives. Let him know he needs to stay near you the entire time. Set a designated point past which he is not allowed to go. Getting too far into the street to pick up candy puts a child at risk for getting hit by the parade entries. Discuss picking up the candy calmly and not pushing or fighting over the goodies.
With a few key safety considerations in mind, your family is sure to have fun at a local summer parade. Remind your child of the expectations and keep a watchful eye on him so the parade ends just as happily as it starts.