We require a permit for any parade, march or procession on city streets or alleys.


A parade:

  • Is a large number of people traveling on a city street
  • Is a celebration honoring a holiday, event or person
  • Can include:
    • People
    • Vehicles
    • Floats
    • Animals
    • Bands
    • Large floating inflatables
    • Clowns
    • Celebrities

Photo credit: Photo by Brooke Ross Photography, Courtesy of Twin Cities Pride and Meet Minneapolis

pride parade


Park property

If the parade occurs exclusively on park property:


Your application must include:

  • A legible map of the route map must be included.
  • A detailed traffic control plan showing the location and type of traffic control signs.

You must:

  • Provide authorized traffic control agents or police personnel at all intersections requiring traffic control.
  • Provide volunteers to monitor barricades at all intersections not requiring traffic control personnel.
  • Install and remove the following equipment as directed by Public Works or the Police Department:
    • Barricades
    • Signs
    • Delineation equipment

The city does not rent equipment. Local private firms rent the equipment.

City law requires you to notify residents and property owners near the parade route:

  • By leaflet
  • At least 48 hours, but not more than seven days, before the event

Read Minneapolis Ordinance 447.130

Route approval

Shane Morton of Public Works and Sgt. Beth Mota of the Minneapolis Police Department must approve the parade route.

Contact Shane Morton and Sgt. Beth Mota

Disability access

The following must comply with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code:

  • Accessibility
  • Parking
  • Seating
  • Signs
  • Ingress and egress for people with disabilities

Read Minnesota State Building Code Chapter 1341

Read Minnesota State Fire Code for bleachers 


Download a parade permit application  


Application fee: $25, non-refundable  

No parking sign posting fee: If you need to post temporary “No Parking” signs along a parade route, you must pay an additional fee. Contact Shane Morton of Public Works for the posting fee. You must pay the posting fee with the application. 

Contact Shane Morton of Public Works

Submit your application

You must submit your application at least five days before your event. 

Submit your application to Dee Ann McQuerry 

Request accessible format

If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Contact us

Dee Ann McQuerry

Public Works Traffic and Parking Services Division


Hawthorne Transportation Center
33 Ninth St. N., Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1326

Event Race Approval

Shane Morton, Public Works Traffic and Parking Services

Sgt. Beth Mota, Minneapolis Police Department


Shane Morton

Sgt. Beth Mota




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