Helena considers suspending open container rules for Big Sky Pride

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Over 1,000 people participated in the 2019 Big Sky Pride Parade in Helena.

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The ability to carry and consume alcoholic beverages on Helena rights of way during the upcoming Big Sky Pride parade and festivities remains in limbo, after the Helena City Commission on Monday tabled a proposal to temporarily suspend the city’s open container ordinance for the event.

The commission hopes to come up with a solution for event organizers with regard to the city code that requires events serving alcohol outdoors to have liability insurance, either by helping Pride organizers secure such insurance or temporarily suspending the requirement.

Previous iterations of Helena’s Pride events have centered on a single bar that can extend its liability insurance to the event it’s hosting.

Big Sky Pride organizer Kev Hamm told the commission that this year’s event incorporates more than a single bar. Hamm said he anticipates the event will be three times the size of previous Pride events, “continuing our growth and making a much bigger impact

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