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NY Persian Parade

WHEREAS, A proposal has been received from NY Persian Parade, Inc. to hold a picnic in Madison Square Park; and

WHEREAS, The event would be held March 30, 2008, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with set up starting at 12:00 pm and clean up ending by 5:00 pm; and

WHEREAS, The event would consist of a picnic to which attendees would bring their own food, the applicant would be insured for the event, amplified sound might be used, and the event would be free of charge; and

WHEREAS, The event would be held in conjunction with the Persian Parade to be held the same day, for which a permit has already been issued; and

WHEREAS, The Persian Iranian Parade Foundation has applied to hold an event in Madison Square Park on the same day; and

WHEREAS, Both applicants originally appeared before the Parks Committee in January 2008, at which time the Parks Committee requested that the applicants return in February after having discussed how to coordinate or integrate their events and with specific details concerning the logistics of the events, including a diagram showing the areas of the park to be utilized by each organization and a layout of the activities; and

WHEREAS, Both applicants returned to the February committee meeting with no integrated plan and no clear indication of where and how the two events could coexist on the same day; and

WHEREAS, The Parks Committee was concerned that Madison Square Park could not support the several thousand people that could potentially be attracted by these events in light of the fact that lawn area will be closed for seeding on the day of the proposed events and neither applicant has applied for a street closure in conjunction with its event; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by the NY Persian Parade to hold a celebration in Madison Square Park on March 30, 2008.

The above resolution passed by by a vote of 31 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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