Cary Jaycees amend Christmas Parade rules after girl killed in Raleigh parade

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Cary Jaycees amend Christmas Parade rules after Raleigh tragedy
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"We are taking the safety of all parade participants and spectators very seriously."

CARY, N.C. (WTVD) -- The town of Cary is having its 2022 Jaycees Christmas Parade on December 10 and the Jaycees have tweaked the rules after a child was killed at the Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 19.

On its website the organization added a statement and a list of specific adjustments that are being implemented in light of what happened in Raleigh.

Cary public safety officials released this statement:

"We constantly evaluate our preparedness plans as it relates both to the event itself, environmental circumstances and external news and events that may impact the event, including reflecting on the tragic situation that unfolded at Raleigh's parade. While the Cary Christmas parade is organized and operated by the Cary Jaycees, we partner with them as it relates parade safety planning. Safety is paramount, and we'll continually monitor and evaluate any new information or concerns as the parade date approaches and make any necessary adjustments to plans and protocols up to that date."

Here are the changes for Jaycees 2022 Cary Christmas Parade

  • Candy will not be allowed to be thrown to spectators. To keep spectators from running in the street, parade participants must walk along the sidewalk and hand out candy.
  • Floats must arrive to the parade site no later than 12 p.m.
  • All drivers participating in the parade should bring a copy of their latest inspection report if they have one.
  • Cary police and fire departments will inspect cars and trailer brakes before the parade and go over general safety protocols
  • No more than 16 people are allowed on any float (12 if it's a professional float)

The Jaycees define a float as anything pulled by a car or truck. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Cary Jaycees.

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Hailey Brooks,11, died after she was hit by a truck that was pulling a dance company float. She was one of the performers. The truck was eventually stopped by first responders and bystanders.

ABC11 checked with parade organizers in several cities and towns in the Triangle-area about any changes or amendments made after Brooks' death.

The driver Landen Glass has been charged. Glass also had a record in Virginia of numerous vehicle violations.

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