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Section 14 Processions and parades on Sunday

General Business (GBS)

1. All processions and parades on Sunday in any city, excepting only funeral processions for the actual burial of the dead, and processions to and from a place of worship in connection with a religious service there celebrated, are forbidden; and in such excepted cases there shall be no music, fireworks, discharge of cannon or firearms, or other disturbing noise. At a military funeral, or at the funeral of a United States soldier, sailor or marine, or of a national guardsman, or of a deceased member of an association of veteran soldiers, sailors or marines, or of a disbanded militia regiment, or of a secret fraternal society, or of an association of employees of the national, state, or municipal governments, music may be played while escorting the body; also in patriotic military processions on Sunday previous to Decoration day, known as memorial Sunday, to cemeteries or other places where memorial services are held, and also by organizations of the national guard or naval militia or of an association of employees of the national, state, or municipal governments, attending religious service on Sunday; but in no case within one block of a place of worship where service is then being celebrated. Music may also be played in any procession conducted by a religious organization or society in connection with a religious service or religious rally after one o'clock noon on Sunday.

  2. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, it shall be lawful to conduct, witness, participate or engage in processions or parades and to play music in any such procession or parade on Sunday after two o'clock in the afternoon, in a city, town or village, as shall be permitted by a local law or ordinance heretofore or hereafter adopted by the common council or other legislative body of a city, town or village permitting such processions and parades on such day and after such hour.

  3. This section shall not apply to a city with a population of one million or more; provided, however, that if a parade or procession is held in such city on Sunday before two o'clock in the afternoon there shall be no music, fireworks, discharge of cannon or firearms, or other disturbing noise in relation thereto within one hundred and fifty feet of a place of worship.

  4. A person wilfully violating any provision of this section is punishable by a fine not exceeding twenty dollars or imprisonment not exceeding ten days, or by both.