Dumaguete is probably the most parade-prone city in the Philippines. At the slightest provocation, people / schools / organizations /whatever will go on a parade. And with gusto, too. Complete with bands, costumes, floats, gimmicks, celebrities, the works. That was fine, years ago, when traffic was not so horrendous. But these past years, I have found parades to be bothersome, if not outright irritating, because they clog up streets and make going to the hospital very difficult. And then last year, my own mother fell and broke her hip during Silliman's Founder's Day Parade, when she scrambled to get candies that were thrown by a parade contingent.
But what happened recently is the worst parade related event that I've ever encountered. During a girl scout parade in one of the cities of Negros Oriental, a passenger bus that allegedly lost its brakes plowed through the parading little children aged 9 to 11. Their injuries are just so horrible that I say with all my heart PLEASE LET US BAN ALL PARADES FROM HIWAYS FOREVER.