The Thanksgiving Day Parade

Host: Dean Leonard Baynes


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In honor of this week's Thanksgiving holiday, Dean Leonard Baynes with the University of Houston Law Center looks at how the rule of law affects Thursday morning's downtown festivities.

"Since 1949, Houston's Thanksgiving Day Parade has ushered in the holiday season. In addition to the sights and sounds of the parade, there are legal issues planners must consider in the weeks and months before the event."

"The First Amendment guarantees the participants the right to free speech and peaceful assembly as limited by reasonable time, place or manner. Houston regulates the width of parade processions and planners must implement traffic control measures to manage the flow of the parade route."

"The Fourteen Amendment guarantees that people from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual orientations can display pride as they march and perform for the crowd. Other legal issues include risk of loss insurance, photo and video releases and regulations for overtime pay."

"Little did you know that the law is an important force behind Houston's Thanksgiving Day tradition. Happy Thanksgiving!"

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