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Parade rules march into final position in Casper

2019 CWFR Parade.(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Changes to Casper’s parade ordinance are now final.

The city council voted on third reading Tuesday, Nov. 5 to approve the new version of the ordinance.

The definition of parade includes any march or procession on public property.

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The rules make some accommodations for protesters.

Between 7 am and 7 pm, parades are allowed in Conwell or City Park without permits, so long as other organized events are not taking place.

Sidewalks next to government buildings could also be used as gathering spaces for protesters without a parade permit.

City Attorney John Henley has said the rules will not allow permits to be denied based on the content or political or religious views of the organizers.

The ordinance requires events to obtain insurance by referencing the Special Events Planning Guide which the council modified on Oct. 1.

Time frames for the parade permit application process were removed from the language of the proposed ordinance and moved to the Special Events Planning Guide.

Referencing that guide has sparked some controversy since the guide can be changed via resolution, which requires only one vote, while changes to the parade ordinance require three votes.

The ordinance allows those seeking parade permits to appeal to the city council in the case the police chief were to deny their application.

The changes grew out of organizers of a motorcycle parade expressing displeasure at being required to obtain parade insurance.

During the July 9 work session, Council decided to reimburse the cost of insurance to the organizers of that May parade.

The parade ordinance makes no direct reference to requiring organizers obtain insurance, but the Special Events Planning Guide does. Making reference to the guide in the ordinance would “streamline” these requirements, Henley has said.

To review all of the proposed amendments, access the Council’s Tuesday work packet.

If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:

Mayor Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Vice Mayor Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilwoman Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601

If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.