Proposed Ordinance For Parades and Special Events 01/23/13
CBS 7 News
January 23, 2013
MIDLAND, TX - Two months after the deadly train crash during the "Hunt for Heroes Parade" in Midland. City leaders are considering implementing new rules for all parades and special events. Prior to this new ordinance, the City was following one that was about four lines and implemented in 1953. City leaders feel it's time to clarify and expand the rules for parades and special events.
At Tuesday's city council meeting, an ordinance was proposed to require all parades and special events to request a permit 30 days prior to the event. The permit also requires the event organizers to have liability insurance. If the event includes a parade, the city manager would have to approve a map of the parade.
Midland Mayor Wes Perry says the new regulations are much needed and it is important for the requirements to be clear.
"They weren't real clear in the past, now people understand them and are clear about what it is," said Mayor Wes Perry, City of Midland.
In the event that a parade will be crossing over a railroad crossing, event organizers must get approval from railroad officials then request approval from City Council. If the parade is crossing a state highway, TxDOT must also be notified. The ordinance received preliminary approval at Tuesday's meeting, if given final approval, the law will go into effect in march first of this year.