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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.

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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