It is unlawful to parade within the City of Springfield without first obtaining a permit from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The definition of "parade" under the Springfield Municipal Code includes any meeting, parade, demonstration, exhibition, festival, homecoming, assembly, or other such events to be held in, on, or along any city street, or on any other city owned outdoor public place. The ordinance does not apply to funeral processions and park lands excluding the street, avenues or rights-of-way therein.
Parade permits are necessary to regulate the time, place and manner of parades and similar functions or events that are held on city roads and rights-of-way. Permits are only issued after a Police Department investigation and approval by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Apply Any person seeking issuance of a parade permit must file an application with the City Recorder. The City Recorder will place the request for a parade permit on the agenda for the next meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for possible approval. The application for a parade permit must be filed in writing with the City Recorder not less than 30 days prior to the contemplated parade and a minimum of five working days prior to any regularly scheduled or called meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
To view more information about parade permits and regulations, view the Springfield Municipal CodeTitle 16, "Streets and Sidewalks, Etc.", Chapter 6 entitled "Parades".