NH State Law

It is your responsibility to be in compliance with RSA 265:108. If you are in violation, a Parade Committee member will speak with you prior to the start of the parade. You will be given the opportunity to make appropriate adjustments to the float in order to participate.

New Hampshire State Law Regarding Parade Safety

  1. RSA 265:108a Parade Vehicles
    1. No person may operate a vehicle in a parade unless the following safety precautions are taken:
      1. No person may use any type of vehicle with protruding or outrigger wheels in a parade unless the vehicle is suitably modified to protect both riders and pedestrians from the wheel assembly.
      2. At least one adult, other than the driver, shall supervise children riding on a vehicle in a parade and have a reasonable means of immediate communication with the driver. The number of adults supervising the children shall not be less than one adult per every 4 children and sufficient to ensure that each child is visible to a supervising adult.
      3. Children riding on a vehicle in a parade shall remain entirely within the perimeter of the vehicle and, if standing, shall be reasonably protected from probable injury if the vehicle suddenly starts or stops.
    2. Any person operating a vehicle without following all of the safety precautions listed in paragraph I shall be guilty of a violation, and shall be subject to the following fines:
      1. $50 for a first offense.
      2. $100 for a second or subsequent offense.
  2. Every operator of every vehicle must be in possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  3. Every vehicle, including towed vehicles, must hold a valid registration. Vehicles also must have a valid state inspection certificate if required by law.

Any float or vehicle in the parade found to be in violation of any of the foregoing shall be immediately removed from the parade. Individuals riding in the vehicles or on the floats will be allowed to continue in the parade by walking.

To the extent of any violation of the foregoing is a prosecutable offense, such prosecution may be initiated.