HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Many Pine Belt parents were outraged when their children were thrown phalic-shaped candy during the fourth annual Avenues Halloween parade.
Seven on your side received several pictures of the candy on social media.
Keisha Smith and her sister Christal Tonumaipea were in shock when their twelve year old nephew picked up the candy.
"He looks at it before he opens it and throws it to the ground," Smith said.
"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."
"What the heck, why are they throwing this out at a family friendly parade," Tonumaipea said.
According to the parade rules and waiver release, each entry must meet certain requirements.The rules describe the parade as a family-oriented event for the community.
One of the rules specifically outlines that no costume, dance, song, attire, etc., could be sexually suggestive or explicit.
Paul Sims with the parade organization declined an interview with WDAM, but did release the following statement:
Seven on Your Side reached out to Sims for the identity of those who were involved in the incident, and he issued the following statement: