Ruling Favors St. Louis Street Performers

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File photo of a street performer  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

File photo of a street performer (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Performers can dance and sing all they want on the streets of St. Louis following a ruling by a federal judge and the city’s subsequent decision to stop regulating street performances.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction against a city ordinance that requires potential street performers to audition, and charging them $100 for permits. On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay said the city will not appeal. Spokeswoman Maggie Crane also says the city intends to repeal the ordinance that has been in place for 16 years.

Perry’s ruling, which affects street musicians, jugglers, dancers, magicians, mimes and other performers, was in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU claimed the ordinance was unconstitutional.

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