LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The city strictly enforced an ordinance written back in 1992 that people cannot save places on the parade route any earlier than midnight the night before the parade.
People violating the ordinance risked losing the belongings they set up and a $114 fine.
The ordinance is difficult for some people to understand.
"I just talked to a cop and he said yep as long as you don't put it in the boulevard," parade watcher said.
They just want to continue the tradition of camping out for the best view of the parade.
"This is right of way," Dale Hexom, Director of Public Works said. "You can move it back over in there."
Even more confusing to some, why are some allowed to sit at Copeland Park?
"Before Copeland Avenue was built the park used to extend out to Rose Street," Hexom said. "That's why it's still the park."
The city is strictly enforcing the rules for everyone's safety.
"At any given time someone may lose control of their car, come crashing into the right of way and if these people sitting there they're at risk," Hexom said.
As the midnight draws near, more people make their way to the parade route.
"Are those your chairs?" Hexom said. "I'd advise you to take them with you other wise I'm going to have to pick them up."
For the most part, people were pretty compliant.
"I am definitely encouraged by people being cooperative and not really being confrontational," Hexom said.
During their eight hour patrol, Public Works didn't write any citations.
Next year, the city is considering letting people reserve a spot along the parade route on the city's property.
They aren't sure what the permits would cost, but Mayor Tim Kabat said currently a street permit costs $35 and reserves a 20 feet by 20 feet space.
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