Gay rights group seeks permit for June parade in Augusta

A gay rights group is seeking permission from the city to hold a parade downtown on Father's Day weekend.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has already signed off, and the group is now awaiting approval from the fire department, Recreation & Parks and Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Alejandro Wade Coronado submitted the request Wednesday on behalf of Augusta Pride, said Traffic Engineering Technician Dennis Ellis. On June 19, he's asking that the north side of Broad Street between 6th and 10th streets be closed off from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m, as well as Reynolds Street behind the Augusta Common from 6 a.m. to midnight.

According to his proposal, the parade would end with an event held at the common and in the lot across Reynolds.

Asked about the request Thursday, Copenhaver said by e-mail that he was unaware of the application. He has yet to respond to a subsequent inquiry.

Ellis said under city procedures, if the sheriff's office, the fire department, the parks department or the mayor's office have any objections, they'll try to work them out with the applicant. Ellis said he'll likely approve the parade once he gets the necessary approvals.

"I have no legal grounds not to," he said. "The fact that the sheriff has already signed off it tells you how that's going to go."

 

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