When Can I Set up for the Parade?

America’s Freedom Festival at Provo’s Grand Parade is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m. Here’s a summary of the ordinance regarding camping out along the parade route: reservation of space within the public right of way along University Avenue may begin at 3 p.m. the day before the parade, and within the public right of way along Center Street, 100 South and 200 East at 5 a.m. the day of the parade.
Look for signs posted along the parade route as a reminder of the rules. There will be volunteer parade staff stationed along the parade route on Sunday and Monday to remind the public as well. Find more information about the Provo City ordinance here, and more information about the Grand Parade here.
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  1. You know, every year I get frustrated because as a mom with small kids, we don’t exactly have people who can stay with reserved space for hours and hours before the parade. It makes it hard to find a space to watch the parade, giving advantage to large family groups who have the teenagers to be able to stay with stuff.

  2. Brian

    This is one of the funniest parts of living in Provo. We spent some time in Albuquerque and went to a parade there. We left about an hour early to “get a good spot.” We sat there alone for 45 minutes. 15 minutes before the parade everyone showed up, set their chairs next to other people, perfect strangers politely asking if they can set up next to someone else, leading to further conversations with perfect strangers. When it was over we all happily left. A rather refreshing experience compared to any parade in Utah. The Provo parade is just frustrating. It’s part of the “me first!” mentality that exists really bad here in Utah. If everyone showed up, an hour or so early, with their entire party, everyone would get a seat, and everyone would be less stressed. Maybe we would even strike up conversations with those around us instead of fuming that they are encroaching on our over sized reserved space! At the very least, if Provo could add to their ordinance that all ropes and barriers must be removed 15 minutes before the parade starts, and all open grass areas are fair game to allow others to use the space where “your-friends-were-coming-but-they-overslept-so-they-aren’t-coming-now.” It is so frustrating to see people with 1/4 of a block roped off but they are only using half the space or ten blankets and tarps, but their group is only using 6 of them. Space reserved because their friends or family might still come, but usually don’t. If your friends and family are not there 15 minutes early, they lose their seats.

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