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Borough reaches parade route chair compromise

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

A western Pennsylvania borough has reached a face-saving compromise over a seat-saving problem at its popular Fourth of July parade.

Canonsburg council earlier this year cracked down on people who put up chairs two weeks before to save seats to the parade, which is billed as the second-largest in the state, behind Philadelphia's.

Council banned the chairs until 6 a.m. the day of the parade, but drew fire from residents and business leaders who say the chair-placing - featuring many festively decorated seats - had become a tradition unto itself.

As a result, council voted Monday to compromise. Residents can now begin placing their chairs at 6 a.m. July 2 - but they will no longer be able to tether chairs together with string or chains, or connect them to utility poles, as a safety measure.

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