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By Myrna Trauntvein
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There will be a small change in the way candy is handled at the Ute Stampede Mammoth Parade this year.

“The parade preparation is moving along,” said Skip Worwood, council member who is heading the parade this year. “Last year, we said, no candy. This year we have changed that a bit.”

“The city, in cooperation with the state, is no longer allowing candy or other items to be thrown from the vehicles or from the street or to be refilled from the vehicles,” said Worwood. “If you wish to disperse candy or other items, you will have to provide walkers with buckets or wagons to walk along the white solid line and throw toward the sidewalk.”

Those wishing to disperse candy or other items, will have to provide walkers with buckets to walk on the sidewalks. All those youth walking with candy will need to be supervised.

“They may not refill from the vehicle, so plan accordingly,” Worwood said.

Safety is the priorty and law enforcement and parade officials have the ultimate discretion and will remove any entry for violations along the parade route.

In 2017, during the Friday parade, 11-year-old Grace Eyre suffered fatal injuries. She had attempted to jump off the back of a pickup truck to distribute candy to spectators, lost her footing and fell under the flatbed trailer the truck was pulling. Spectators hurried to offer aid, but the crushing injuries would cost Grace her life.

In 2018, in order to prevent further tragedy, candy was not allowed.

Because Nephi’s Main Street is a state road, all participants in the parade must also have a signed wavier of release of damages as required by UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation).

“The waiver and release of damages against the State of Utah for participation in an approved special event on state roads is absolutely required for participation,” said Worwood.

That release states: “Each of us individually (and/or as parent and/or guardian of the named ) do hereby release, waive and forever discharge the Sate of Utah, the Department of Transportation, the Utah Transportation Commission, the Utah Highway Patrol and their officers, agents, and employees from all liability, claims, demands, actions or causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to loss or damages and/or injuries, including death, which may result from my participation in the Mammoth Parade involving roads within the Utah State Highway system.”

Two other regulations are that parade participants are to arrive by 2:30 p.m. and check in at the north side of the Nephi Swimming Pool building on the north side of the Nephi City Park.

The parade will start at exactly 4 p.m. so be prepared. If no one is there to move the entry then the others will move around you and the parade will continue accordingly.

Those with questions about the Mammoth Parade may email jeannemlewis@msn.com.

Nephi City is in charge of the annual Mammoth Parade during the Ute Stampede. The Mammoth Parade is planned for Saturday, July 13, 2019 and entry forms are now available.

Printable pdf entry forms may be obtained online at the city website https://www.nephi.utah.gov. See: https://utestampederodeo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MAM.pdf.