LA CROSSE (WXOW) – La Crosse police are reminding everyone they cannot set out chairs or blankets to reserve a spot along the Maple Leaf Parade route before midnight Saturday.
Anyone violating the policy can be fined $114 plus the cost of removal.
But some festers did find a sort-of loophole to the rule.
Since 7 a.m. Friday, Becky Valentine has been sitting on a grass island across the street from the North Side Fest Grounds.
That island is actually part of the Copeland Park.
Valentine said she called the city to see if she could set up chairs to watch the parade there. They told her as long as the park was open, she would be allowed to sit.
Valentine is now hoping police won't make her move between 11 p.m., the time the park closes, and 12 a.m., the time parade-goers are allowed to reserve a spot.
"I'll stay here unless they come and tell us we have to leave, and then of course I'm not gonna break any laws," Valentine said. "I'll leave but I'll just go sit in my van and wait ‘til midnight."
This is Valentine's 12th year at the parade.
Last year she said she set up blankets and chairs Wednesday morning to get a good parade spot.
The Maple Leaf Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
The two-mile route starts at Clinton Street and Copeland Avenue, and ends at Second and King Streets.
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