FWIW Houma parades throw more and harder than any other parades.
Not sure about more, but definitely harder. My wife is from Houma, and I've been going down there for parades for probably the last 10 years. It seems like the throwing gets harder every year. One thing I notice in Houma which is different than most other parades i've gone to is that the people in Houma leave the beads in the plastic bags. This makes them much easier to aim and throw, but also makes them more "dangerous".
We took our 9-month old to 2 parades in Houma this weekend. She never got hit, but my wife did walk away from the route a few times with the baby when it was obvious the throwing from a particular float was harder than others. The worst I saw was when someone on the float obviously knew one of the spectators close to us. He began to grab bag after bag and throw as hard as he could. The guy he was throwing at was no more than 15 feet from the float. The rider was a pretty horrible aim. Luckily it didn't appear that many people got hit by those beads, but it could be dangerous even IF you're paying attention.
Why not just make them take the beads out of the plastic bags? That would help to reduce the velocity and force of beads going at people. Typically, if you're paying attention, you can easily avoid injuries or getting hit unexpectedly. But there ARE some situations where paying attention just doesn't matter.
This post was edited on 2/13 at 1:58 pm