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Consents & Variances

Pakistan Independence Day Parade and Fair – street festival on Madison Avenue, between 23rd and 26th Streets

WHEREAS, The Pakistan Parade and Fair Committee has applied for a Street Activity permit for Sunday August 27, 2006 on Madison Avenue, between East 23rd and East 26th Streets, and

WHEREAS, In February 2006, the applicant was invited to attend the Consents and Variances Committee meeting and failed to show, which resulted an automatic recommendation for denial; and

WHEREAS, The applicant requested to re-appear before the Board in April 2006 to address the concerns of the Board and was seen on April 11, 2006; and

WHEREAS, This event is expected to draw 10,000 people to the immediate Madison Square area; and

WHEREAS, Due to the unparalleled number of street activities within the Madison Square area, the applicant’s event has far outgrown the area capacity; and

WHEREAS, The applicant remains aware of the continuing concerns of the residential community about noise, liter, property damage, and security as they relate to large-scale special events; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has agreed to comply with Community Board Five guidelines, including that participation in the events will not be denied to any group on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or religion; and

WHEREAS, Street Activity set-up will commence no earlier than 9 AM, and the strike of the event will be completed no later than 8 PM, which the applicant has agreed to (Please see attached); and

WHEREAS, Amplification will not be for more than 4 ½ hours, and no amplification will be allowed before noon or after 7 PM; and

WHEREAS, In past years, the applicant has failed to provide adequate crowd control resulting in the need for NYPD assistance; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five continues to encourage the Police Department to monitor the sound level at events around the Madison Square area; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by the Pakistan Parade and Fair Committee for Sunday, August 27, 2006 and urge the city to work with the applicant to find future alternative parade route.

The resolution passed with a vote of 18 in favor, 12 opposed, 2 abstentions.  

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