Note to parade spectators: No blankets, tarps, chairs before sunrise on July 4
A new city ordinance in Forest Lake prohibits parade spectators from claiming parade viewing spots prior to sunrise on Friday, July 4, Chief of Police Clark Quiring said this week.
That means no tarps, blankets or chairs can be placed along the parade route before 5:30 a.m. on Friday, the official sunrise time. The rule also applies to Forest Lake residents who live along the parade route.
Quiring said the new ordinance will be enforced and that any tarps, chairs or blankets placed along the parade route (boulevards, sidewalks) prior to sunrise on Friday will be removed by city police or the public works department.
That's a bummer. I will have to sleep in until 5:30 AM tomorrow on July 4th. No use getting there early....