Democratic National Convention Parade, Protest Spots Available

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The city of Charlotte says there are still time slots available for parading and protesting at September's Democratic National Convention

Charlotte city officials assigned time slots Monday to all 41 applicants who sought a permit to march or speak at a designated platform during the convention that will nominate President Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate for a second time. The groups participating in Monday's lottery for time slots include Students for a Democratic Society from several University of North Carolina campuses and the N.C. Values Coalition.

Not all time slots were taken, so people can still apply for slots between Thursday and August 24 or until they are filled.

Not all downtown free speech is regulated. Sidewalks that aren't blocked for security or transportation are fair game.

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