Parades, festivals to be allowed in Des Moines starting July 1

    The Des Moines skyline viewed from near the Capitol. (Photo by Perry Beeman, Iowa Capital Dispatch).

    Des Moines will allow parades, festivals, sporting events and other gatherings of more than 10 people on public property beginning July 1, Mayor Frank Cownie announced Friday.

    The city has had limited events in public locations since March 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Street permits must be requested 30 to 90 days in advance of the event. There is a separate permit for parades, with applications required at least four days in advance.

    Any events on public property will have to meet physical distancing and safety requirements set by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “As the COVID-19 numbers have improved the last five weeks, this is a step back to normal operations,” City Manager Scott Sanders said in a statement. “There is an opportunity to carefully start reintroducing public events into our community in a safe and thoughtful manner.”

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.