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Danville Residents Wait For Hours to Reserve Spots For Independence Day Parade

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    People in Danville were placing chairs and chalk-marking spots along the streets to reserve places to view the annual Independence Day parade in the East Bay town. Christie Smith reports. (Published Sunday, July 3, 2016)

    People in Danville waited for hours in the sun Sunday so they could place chairs and other markings to reserve spots for the town's annual Independence Day parade.

    After 6 p.m. Sunday, chairs were allowed off the sidewalks and on the sides of the streets, where many tied several folding chairs together to mark their spots for the popular event.

    This year, the town was discouraging the use of chalk or tape to mark spots because businesses would not be able to power-wash the sidewalk or street due to drought concerns. While some people still went with chalk, others got a little creative.

    "We thought and thought and decided to use something sustainable that we use from year to year," said resident Rock Lyting. "We went with wine corks."

    In the end, though, the wine corks were pulled up.

    In past years, the parade has drawn as many as 40,000 people, organizers said. For many, it's a family tradition.

    The parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday.

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