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SALT LAKE CITY — Spectators can start camping out earlier for parades in Utah's capital city, but candy will not be flying in their direction.

The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow people to begin reserving places along parade routes at 6 p.m. the night before a parade, two hours earlier than in the past.

But a majority of the council voted against lifting the city's ban on the distribution of candy and other items during parades, citing concerns for spectators' safety.

Councilman Luke Garrott proposed both changes. Officials with the Days of '47 Parade previously told the City Council candy would not be allowed to be thrown during the annual Pioneer Day parade.

Garrott noted that parades would be able to set their own rules regarding candy under his proposal. The measure failed by a 4-3 vote.

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