Congratulations to the selfless volunteers who make the downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade happen every year. This year’s wonderful event benefited from great weather, with performers and spectators alike clearly enjoying themselves.
The parade is arguably the most popular community event of the year, so there’s competition for choice viewing spots. For years, people have reserved spaces many hours in advance, some even the day before the parade. They’ve done so by setting out blankets and chairs, and marking spaces on the sidewalk with tape or chalk.
Guidelines established in recent years have curbed some of the more extreme efforts – people can’t stake claims 24 hours ahead of time. But people are still reserving space well before the suggested noon Sunday timeline. This has presented safety issues with items obstructing sidewalks, and has been unfair to those following the rules. Our suggestion? No more reserving spots. If you can’t be physically present, the space isn’t yours. The parade can still be enjoyed by thousands, and you don’t have to chalk up the sidewalk.