Claiming spot for parade? Law says stay there

Grand Floral Parade watchers placed chairs along a Portland sidewalk to reserve their spot a day before the parade begins, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Grand Floral Parade watchers placed chairs along a Portland sidewalk to reserve their spot a day before the parade begins, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Grand Floral Parade takes place on Saturday and people are already camping out for the festivities. But if you claim a spot now, the law states you must be at that spot at all times.

Nancy Travers is a veteran parade watcher who said she’s been out every year for the past 35 years. It’s her task this year to stay with her spot for her family.

“I think people should be here to watch their chairs, or have someone watch them for them,” she told KOIN 6 News.

But just across the street from where she set up, others plunked down lawn chairs, chalked up the sidewalk and left.

Travers said, “Taping spots off and walking away doesn’t work for me.”

It also doesn’t sit well with Christina Knapp, who makes camping out for the Grand Floral Parade a must. Though she gets miffed at people who don’t play by the rules, she’s focusing on the fun she and her family will have on Saturday.

“I’m so excited about it,” she said, “and so are my kids.”

Though unattended chairs is technically illegal, it’s not high on the laws Portland police will enforce.

“The ban is still in effect, but is not a major enforcement issue and never has been,” PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson told KOIN 6 News. “Police look for the public’s compliance but it is not something that is actively monitored and enforced.”

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Memorial Coliseum and continues down Martin Luther King Boulveard, across the Burnside Bridge, south on 4th Avenue, west on Salmon, north on Broadway, west on Stark, south on 10th and west on Taylor until its conclusion near Lincoln High School.

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