(WMC-TV) – A change of command is happening in North Mississippi. A Hernando parade director is stepping down because of the fuss surrounding this year's holiday parade.
Every Christmas, horses make their way down Commerce Street to celebrate the season. But not this year.
"We do go. I take my grandson, he likes to watch the floats," said Robin Maxwell.
This year, the parade was a hot button issue for the Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce.
Horses will be banned after concerns were raised over safety around little ones and the mess the animals can leave behind.
"I know they think things are a liability and I guess we could worry about anything we do being a liability," added Maxwell.
Throwing candy off the floats is also off limits. It always has been, but will now be enforced.
The volunteer director of the parade stepped down after all the fuss.
"I can see their point in not having the horses in the parade but throwing the candy off to the kids, I think that's one of the biggest things the kids enjoy is getting the candy," said Kathy Young, who is a parent.
In a statement, the chamber said it consulted equine experts before making the decision to ban horses. A horse rescue group in Marshall County says it supports the decision.
"It's not realistic to think that you can control a 1,000 pound animal in that environment, you just don't know what's going to spook them," said Christy Gross, Dark Horse Rescue.
Mayor Chip Johnson also said he supports the chamber's decision. Children will still be able to get candy at the parade as long as it is handed out, rather than thrown. The festivities kick off December 2 at 6:30 p.m.
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