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Borough limits chairs to save parade spaces

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

One western Pennsylvania borough's council has voted to curb parade chairs.

Canonsburg council voted Monday to restrict how soon residents can put chairs along the borough's Independence Day parade route because some folks have begun putting up chairs to save their seats nearly two weeks before the annual parade. Council says that's unsafe, especially because some folks chain their chairs together to make them harder to move.

The new rule bans space-saving chairs before 6 a.m. each July 4.

The effort has become an event unto itself, with a local civic group giving out cash prizes for the most flamboyantly decorated chairs this year.

Councilman Joseph McGarry cast the only "no" vote saying, "We're going from one extreme to the other."

He favors letting people put out chairs a day or two before the parade.

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