Tents scattered the area along the parade route before Battle of Flowers Friday morning, with campers keeping a close eye on their parade spots.
"We do it because it's fun for the kids to come out to look at all the floats go by and see all our schools come out and see what songs they're going to be singing," said a woman who camped in a tent with her two children. "Everybody comes to celebrate during Fiesta, and we just like to get together as a family."
Not everyone who wanted the prime real estate was willing to spend a night in a tent, though.
Toby Samaniego and his uncle, Rudy Quesada, stayed in RVs near the spot where they've been watching the parade for 17 years.
"It's not really ours. It's more of squatters rights," Samaniego said.
They've never once spent the night in a tent. They said the real diehards do it for fun and tradition, but it's not necessary.
"It gets more fun every year. It's more exciting. It's more fun. It grows. It's bigger. When we first got started, our crowd was small. But it's grown," Quesada said.