Teen behaviour on Jacaranda Thursday is a polarising topic
The large crowd turned out on Jacaranda Thursday at Market Square last year to see the annual Jacaranda shop dress up. Adam Hourigan
THE issue of how teenagers should conduct themselves in Grafton on Jacaranda Thursday polarised our Facebook friends on both The Daily Examiner and Grafton pages last night.
By lunchtime today there were 107 comments between the two sites with calls varying from a complete ban on any form of teenage shenanigans to a designated areas for water fights to the simple request of letting kids be kids.
Below, we've mocked up a potential Jacaranda Thursday etiquette guide for teenagers partaking in what has become a tradition.
Please cast your vote and we will run the list in Thursday's DEX in the order of votes received.
Choose your top 10 rules that should be applied to Jaca Thursday and we’ll print them in Thursday’s DEX. This poll ended on 31 October 2012.
Water pistols are okay but no dye (some people dress well for Jaca Thurs and want to keep their good clothes).
Silly string is okay but no shaving cream (it peels paint).
Don't wet strangers and be careful around little ones (who would want to hurt a child?).
No loud swearing or innapropriate gestures (not a good look).
Be respectful to elders who may remind you that you are being too boisterous (they may know a thing or two).
Don't litter - it could end up in the river. It could also be something that someone slips on (tossers, seriously).
Respect others' right NOT to participate - no innocent victims of your pranks please (this goes for peers or strangers).
No actual fighting - Jacaranda Thursday is not a day to settle scores (use your words, the good ones).
Represent your generation well and gently pull up friends who are being idiots (fortune favours the brave, not the stupid).
Have a ball and enjoy the festival - you are making great memories (for yourself and others).
It is not ok to start drinking goon at breakfast, or carry a silver handbag down the street (think about what this says about you and Grafton).
Though common sense can be in short supply sometimes, it must be applied in generous portions while in a Jaca Thursday crowd (you are representing your generation to the balance of the valley and Grafton to the many visitors who come here - make it fun, not a pain).
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
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