Early birds vying for a prime spot to watch the 70th annual LaPorte Jaycees Parade on July 4th may wind up with fines. The city’s “Blanket Ordinance” prohibits the placing of any item or object in the public right-of-way as an attempt to reserve a spot along the parade route prior to 10 a.m. on July 3rd. That’s 24 hours before the scheduled start time.
Anyone who places a blanket, chair or other item on the sidewalk tree lawn or elsewhere within the city’s control is subject to having it removed by the police or street department and may be issued a $50 fine.
Authorities also remind parade spectators to get permission from local business and property owners before placing items in their parking lots or on private property.