New rules coming for Anoka parade spectators
The Anoka City Council unanimously approved the first reading of new rules that will limit parade spectators from putting out chairs to save spaces before 4 a.m. the day of a parade.
The issue came up for discussion late last year as the City Council and staff worked through new rules about storing belongings on public property in Anoka.
At that time, some council members raised concerns about chairs being set out earlier and earlier so that people could save spaces along the route to watch the Anoka Halloween Grand Day Parade.
Last year, chairs were put out as early as Monday in advance of the Saturday parade.
This caused problems for the city’s maintenance crews keeping the boulevards mowed and cleaned up during a time with Anoka attracts thousands of visitors, according to City Manager Greg Lee.