Is a permit required to drive around a float in a parade?

Winny

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Are permits usually required when you build a float for a parade? I've always been curious about those who build floats on their vehicles, are permits required to drive these modified vehicles in a parade? Do you need a specialized permit to drive such a thing? What rules are you supposed to follow? I figure with most floats, they are fine. I imagine most parade organizers work with the local community, so I can see them being fully permitted to do the work.

But, is a permit required for this sort of thing?
 
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Michigan, United States
I'm hearing you will need a parade permit in order to take part in a parade, especially if you want to drive around a float. You will want to check with your towns local regulations on parades as well. And another thing, you need to make sure that any floats you do build, are safe for everyone to be on or around. Other than that, your best bet is to reach out to your local city or township about how to apply for permit to drive a float.
 
I'm hearing you will need a parade permit in order to take part in a parade, especially if you want to drive around a float. You will want to check with your towns local regulations on parades as well. And another thing, you need to make sure that any floats you do build, are safe for everyone to be on or around. Other than that, your best bet is to reach out to your local city or township about how to apply for permit to drive a float.
Thanks for clearing that up a bit. I figure a permit would be needed, but you'd think a parade organizer would handle all of that, or would each person who has their own float need to provide a parade permit? I'd assume if you are building your own float it would be a requirement at least.

Thanks again for the answer.
 
Not in my city. The parade organizers are the ones who apply for a parade permit, which allows them to use police escorts and to shut down main street, so that the parade can go through its travel path. The individuals who enter the parade don't need a permit, though.
 
I'm no authority on the subject, but I doubt it. If permits were required for each float, then fewer people would participate. That seems to be the opposite of what the city would want to happen, especially since parade watchers might mean an increase in tax revenue.
 
Generally speaking, for floats or vehicles involved in a parade, permits might be necessary mainly for the reasons like safety, regulating traffic, and managing crowd control. However, the requirements for permits can vary widely depending on the size of the parade, the route it takes, and any local ordinances or regulations governing parades and public events.
 
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