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PARKSIDE. A PUBLIC DANCE HALL at 6th and Locust STREETS, Parkside management verbally asked the Dubuque City Council for permission to operate on Sundays in November, 1926. There was a city ordinance, one of the BLUE LAWS requiring dance halls to close at midnight on Saturdays and that a police officer be present at all public dances.

Councilman John Herbert MACLAY commented that he understood Dubuque public dance halls were well regulated. He also stated that many who could not dance in Dubuque were going elsewhere. Sunday dancing was permitted in the county.



"Sunday Dancing May be Permitted," Telegraph-Herald, November 16, 1926, p. 11