BOUNTIFUL — Police Chief Tom Ross is asking for the public’s cooperation in keeping this year’s Bountiful Handcart Days Parade both enjoyable and safe.
Two significant problems arise with each parade, said Ross in a letter distributed to the media. The first comes when people try and reserve spots too early, the second when children run into the road to collect candy or toys.
City ordinance prohibits reserving spots on sidewalks, park strips or any public space before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, according to Ross.
“Each year we respond to numberous complaints and even arguments surrounding this issue,” he said. Property set out before that time will be impounded and can be picked up from the southeast corner of the police station, at 805 S. Main.
Spectators are also being asked to keep their children away from travel lanes used by parade participants.
Children who run up to floats and parade entrants interfere with the procession, he said, and put themselves and parade participants at risk.
“We have asked those throwing candy and toys to get them as close to the curb as practical to help alleviate this problem,” said Ross.
The parade beings at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 and will travel along Main Street from 1500 South to 400 North, then west to 100 West.