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Police Dissuade Residents From Staking Spots Before Parade Day

The Bel Air Police Department warns placing blankets and chairs along the parade route before Wednesday could lead to safety issues.

Wednesday marks , and parade goers are eager to mark the perfect spot to watch the floats, bands and patriotic entertainment make their way along Main Street.

The , however, is asking that members of the community show restraint and wait until the day of the parade to set out chairs or blankets.

"When chairs and other items are placed on the parade route to get 'just the right spot' it has created unintended consequences," states a release from Bel Air police.

Unattended chairs left for days can blow into traffic and have damaged vehicles in previous years, police say. They can also prove to be tripping hazards for those walking the sidewalks of Bel Air, according to the release

"There will be plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the parade as it moves through the downtown area, without having to reserve spots days in advance," the release states.

"The holiday parade experience will be more enjoyable if everyone is courteous and helps us enhance the 'town' experience for everyone in attendance."

Do you plan to attend the Bel Air Independence Day Parade? Are you concerned about finding a place to watch? Leave a comment.

mnm July 03, 2012 at 05:35 PM
There are already people setting out chairs and blankets. I don't see any harm in it.
Kirsten Dize July 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Yes they are. It happens that way every year I think.
Kris July 03, 2012 at 06:40 PM
People have been doing this FOREVER. Give me a break! ALWAYS Rules for every move you make anymore! Who cares!
MIPH0 July 03, 2012 at 06:49 PM
No harm, except for a big patch of dead grass where the plastic sheet was.
NANAB July 03, 2012 at 07:01 PM
We've been reserving the front of our office for many years and have held an indoor office picnic which allows our employees the chance to cool off, use the restrooms quick bathroom breaks, and kitchen for drinks, etc. during the parade.
Donna July 03, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Seriously...why does anyone need to do this anyway?
cici July 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I think it is rude that people are blocking up the sidewalks for them to have a big freaking blanket and chairs all over the place.
Hazzard Native July 03, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Well after dark tonight, I will dig a 10 foot deep pit and camouflage it with a plain blue tarp. The bottom will be lined with pungee sticks and venemous snakes. There will be a sign that reads "please feel free to sit here" on the top. Welcome to America, and Happy Independence Day!!!
Enza Lilley July 03, 2012 at 10:03 PM
It's been a Harford county tradition for years and years. It was so much fun as a kid to go stake our place for the big parade. People are such party poopers!
Usta Livein Belair July 03, 2012 at 10:27 PM
And keep the lawn chairs off "your" parking spot after a snowstorm. Wow... just thinking of a snow storm just made me feel good :)
Hazzard Native July 04, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Maybe the town shouldn't erect the grandstand prior to the 4th either, and maybe they shouldn't put up that ugly plasic fencing around Rockfield until the day of...
Micah Piccirilli July 04, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I just put two chairs and a blanket In the middle of the road in front of Buontempo's. Please drive around them. Thanks!
CB9678 July 04, 2012 at 02:27 AM
As someone whose car got hit last year by a chir left on the side of the road I have an issue with people wanting a break. I personally think that we should round them up and take them to good will!
OldHarfordCounty July 04, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Not related to this or anything, but I have 1632 used folding chairs for sale; only $5 each.
Ashley July 04, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Eh, parades are rather boring anyway. Not sure why some people find them so entertaining that they need to set a chair up days in advance, but whatever. To each his own.
Ellen July 04, 2012 at 11:30 AM
its so funny how in belair they dont want you to do this but if you go to any other community that has parades its done without issue. its an American tradition, and has been done in belair for years.
steven bradley July 04, 2012 at 12:05 PM
There was a time when this was not done. Now it makes the place look trashy. I think if you want to go see the parade then go see it. There is no reason to put up blankets and chairs. Just because they do it in Dundalk doesn't mean it should be done here.
John Citzen July 04, 2012 at 01:09 PM
a True American Tradition I will do what I want it doesn't matter our downtown looks like a homeless camp even for a few days. Claiming property that isn't even your it is a public street. Someone else will clean it up. Teach your children the whole first come first serve is the best you and your stupid wheelchair trying to cross the street should have gotten here sooner. Really Class act the soon to be East Dundalk.
My3sons July 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Get over yourselves!
Lori B July 04, 2012 at 02:55 PM
As a newcomer to the area, I was wondering if I will be able to view the parade from any location if I haven't already staked out a spot?
Dot thompson July 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Reminds me of putting chairs out for parking spot when a snow storm hits. It sounds good in theory but what happens if you don't have a parking spot?
Sheeple July 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
No, you can't watch the parade!
Danial Carver July 05, 2012 at 11:44 AM
They were putting blankets and tarps out Sunday night for Wed. nights parade. A little riduculous I think. Oh well, pre-dawn Tue. morning, I ended up with a very nice 15x15 blue tarp and a folding chair. It was next to the road, I figured they were throwing it out. Thank you!
Wings July 05, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Every town that has a parade across America does the same thing. It's like trying to tell people not to drink on St. Patricks day. It's just what people do and they are not going to change, so get over it.
patti July 05, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The parade gets worse every year, you guys can have my spot next year!
Monica July 05, 2012 at 05:37 PM
There was never a time in Bel Air that this wasn't done. It's just that we now have many more people living here. And it is done everywhere. Catonsville, Towson, Harve de Grace, etc. What's with the snide Dundalk comment?
mysterious writer July 05, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Do they have anything else to compllain that we dont do. We have been doing it for years that is the fun of preparing for the 4th!

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