OGDEN -- Those looking for a nice spot to watch this year's Pioneer Days Parade won't have to spend the night on Washington Boulevard to get it.
The Ogden City Council voted Tuesday night to amend the city's parade ordinance to eliminate the requirement that a person has to continuously accompany personal items used to reserve a space along the parade route.
Council policy analyst Lisa Watts-Baskin said that while the city will continue to permit overnight camping along the route, which runs on Washington Boulevard between 20th and 30th streets, parade-goers this year can reserve a spot by simply placing their belongings where they see fit the night before the parade, and then coming back to them on July 24.
While the city makes no guarantees that the spot will remain reserved, the ordinance allows residents to set up items like sleeping bags, chairs and blankets the night before the parade and leave them unattended overnight.
North Ogden, which has its parade run along the northern portion of Washington Boulevard, has a similar ordinance in place.
Under Ogden's previous ordinance, if parade-goers left their items along the route unattended, those items were subject to removal by Ogden police.
The new ordinance stipulates that reserving public space is allowable only after 6 p.m. the night before the parade.
While open tent structures like cabanas are permitted for overnight campers, closed tents and other enclosed structures used for shelter are not.
Watts-Baskin said the amended ordinance also includes the removal of a section pertaining to the enforcement of Ogden's curfew law, which required spectators younger than 16 to be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times while camping overnight.
She said, "It just wasn't deemed necessary."