Sparty Mascot Costume Can No Long Participate in Parades
According to the Lansing State Journal, Michigan State University officials have decided that people who wear the Sparty mascot costume can no longer participate in parades.
An email was sent to the Lansing State Journal from an MSU spokesperson who confirmed the new policy.
Basically the email said, the MSU Alumni Office has decided that as of May 1, 2019 Sparty will no longer be able to participate in parades. This decision was made due to health concerns for Sparty and his team.
Participating in parades increases the risk of heat stroke and health related concerns regardless of temperatures and duration. It is MSU's responsibility to ensure the safety of Sparty and his team.
Sparty is still expected to participate in MSU's annual Homecoming Parade in East Lansing each fall unless the weather conditions pose health risks. Other special events on or near campus also remain a possibility.