Michigan town bans seat reserving for Tulip Time parade

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HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- The Holland City Council has decided to not allow items to be placed in public right of ways as spot reservations the night before a parade part of a festival celebrating Holland's Dutch heritage.

The Holland Sentinel reports the council voted 6-2 Wednesday banning placing items to claim spots the night before Saturday's Muziekparade, an event included in the city's Tulip Time festival.

Placing blankets and other items on sidewalks and curbs was previously allowed starting at 9 p.m. the day before. This year, claiming a spot can only begin after 6 a.m. the day of the parade.

Councilman Todd Whiteman, one of the members who voted against the resolution, saying that claiming spots early is a convenience factor.

Tulip Time Executive Director Gwen Auwerda cites aesthetic and safety reasons for the change.