Summer in Minnesota is full of fun for kids!  The swimming pools are open, playgrounds are busy with new friends, and the lightning bugs are out.  But one of the best parts of summer is when you hear that a parade is happening!  A parade is like a scene from "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" for kids because where else can you just stand on the side of the road and have candy thrown at you?

It is time to talk about the elephant in the room when it comes to parade - and that is the choice of candy that businesses and organizations pick to throw out to their hopeful fans.  There are some major winners and then, there are a few choices that say, "I just remembered I signed up to be in this parade and I grabbed this crappy candy for you at HyVee".

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32 Items That Are So Much Better Than Tootsie Rolls at a Minnesota Parades

All summer long, you can find businesses and organizations getting ready to wave and say "hi" to you at a parade in Minnesota.  If your place of work or where you volunteer is one of those, here is a fun fact...No One Really Wants Tootsie Rolls, especially those nasty fruit-flavored ones.

Candy is expensive so Instead of spending your dollars on those worthless pieces of candy, check out these items to throw at the parade-goers instead.

32 Items People Actually Want to Get at Parades Rather than Tootsie Rolls

Summer is here and with that are lots and lots of parades for you to enjoy. But, let's be real for a minute, no one wants any more Tootsie Rolls. If you are a company in a parade, read that again...NO ONE WANTS YOUR TOOTSIE ROLLS! Here's what we would rather see you throw at us at the parade.

Gallery Credit: Jessica On The Radio

What item do you want to get at a parade?

Is there something missing on the list that you'd love to get at a parade?  Let me know!  Just add your comment to the Facebook post below.

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Can you feel it? The buzz is happening because outdoor fun is being planned again for downtown Rochester, Minnesota! The Rochester Downtown Alliance has been busy planning Rochester's favorite events and below is everything currently on the schedule for 2023! See more info and details at the Rochester Downtown Alliance website.

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