Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade declared Extraordinary Event

- City Manager Ron Carlee has declared Charlotte's Thanksgiving Day Parade an Extraordinary Event.

An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large scale event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city, according to the City of Charlotte.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says in light of recent international events involving terrorist attacks and in order to provide a safe and secure environment we will expend significant public safety resources during this event.

The Extraordinary Event designation allows the City to modify its permitting process for activities such as parades and specifies certain items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event. z

100,000 are expected to attend the parade. 

List of items prohibited during an Extraordinary Event:

  • Bars, chains, shafts, cables, or plastic pipe capable of inflicting serious injury
  • A container or object of sufficient weight that may be used as a projectile, or that contains objects that may be used as a projectile that could inflict serious injury to a person or damage property
  • An aerosol container, spray gun or soaker device
  • A paint gun, etching materials, spray paint container, liquid paint or marker containing a fluid that is not water soluble 
  • A backpack, duffle bag, satchel, cooler, or other item carried with the intent to conceal weapons or other prohibited items 
  • A glass or breakable container capable of being filled with a flammable or dangerous substance carried with the intent to inflict serious injury to a person or damage to property
  • A sharp or bladed object such as a box cutter, utility knife, ice pick, or axe
  • A hammer or crow bar
  • Pepper spray, mace or any other irritant carried with the intent to delay, obstruct or resist the lawful orders of a lawful orders of a law enforcement officer
  • Body armor, shield, helmet, protective pads, or gas masks carried or worn with the intent to delay, obstruct or resist the lawful orders of a law enforcement officer
  • A mask or scarf worn with the intent to hide one’s identity while committing a crime
  • A police scanner
  • Rocks, bottles, objects, bricks, or pieces thereof that are of sufficient weight or design as to cause serious injury to a person if thrown at or struck upon another
  • A device used to shoot, hurl, or project a missile of any description capable of inflicting serious injury to a person
  • A “sock” or “pocket” containing material of sufficient weight as to cause serious injury to a person if thrown or struck upon another
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers and stink bombs
  • An animal unless specifically allowed as a service animal used to assist a person with a disability. However residents will be able to walk their dog within the extraordinary event boundaries without fear of arrest.

Review complete ordinance here.

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