One woman described her shock when her 12-year-old nephew picked up the candy. "He looks at it before he opens it and throws it to the ground," she told WDAM. "I pick it up and I wonder what's wrong with the candy. Is it open? I pick it up and look at it, and it's penis candy."
Understandably angry parents posted pictures of the phallic-shaped gummy candies their kids were given on social media. Several other parents commented that their children had received the same candy as well.
Event organizers did discover who was responsible for the bachelorette party-style candy being given to the children, but they would not release their names.
"We were made aware of the incident after the parade. We had no knowledge of it prior and absolutely would not have allowed it to happen had we known," they said in a statement to WDAM. "The responsible participants were dealt with by our group and as well as the group they were a part of. We're not going to comment on any names. We want to keep the focus of this event on the positives that this event brings to the community."
The parade's rules did state that "No decorations, costumes, dance, songs, attire, etc." could be "sexually suggestive" or "explicit," and the organizers say they will be making changes to the rules to make sure something like this never happens again.