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2017 Applications for the Persian Parade NYC, a Post-Parade Event in Madison Square Park and on Madison Avenue between 24th and 26th Streets; Sunday, April 30th

WHEREAS, The Persian Day Parade ("Applicant") has submitted permit applications to the Parks Department and the Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) to hold a post-parade event in and around Madison Square Park on April 30th, 2017, resulting in the closure of Madison Avenue between 24th and 26th Streets; and

WHEREAS, In recent years, Applicant has worked with Community Board Five, in coordination with the Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) and the Madison Square Park Conservancy (MSPC), to improve their event operationally and alleviate the issues from prior years' events; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has signed a Statement of Compliance acknowledging their understanding and acceptance of Community Board Five's Policy on Madison Square Park Large Events and each of its required operational commitments and restrictions; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has provided a sitemap of their event, including emergency lane clearance requirements, as well as plans for sanitation, security, amplified sound, and cell phone contact information for day-of point persons to respond to any immediate concerns, all of which have been shared with SAPO; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has agreed to set the volume level of their amplified sound system by 2:00 p.m. the day of their event, in coordination with SAPO and MSPC, and commits to no further increase of volume levels past that time; and

WHEREAS, Despite the submission of these materials, Applicant failed to attend the required public hearing for their event application, depriving Community Board Five and the public from a fair and transparent evaluation of the application as required by Community Board Five's by-laws as well as the Charter of the City of New York; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the permit for a post-parade event following the Persian Parade NYC on Madison Avenue between 24th and 26th Streets on Sunday, April 30th, 2017; however, Community Board Five acknowledges that the Applicant has worked to improve the event application and operations in recent years, and reminds the Applicant of the critical importance of the public process in evaluating permit applications for the use of public space, and that any violation of Community Board Five's Policy on Large Events in Madison Square Park in 2018 will result in an automatic denial for the subsequent year's event application.

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