“Sec. 177. Military parades by unauthorized bodies prohibited. No body of men, other than the regularly organized corps of the national guard and militia and the troops of the United States except such independent military organizations as were on the twenty-third day of April, eighteen hundred and eighty-three, and now are, in existence, shall associate themselves together as a military company or organization, or parade in public with firearms in any city or town of this state. No city or town shall raise or appropriate any money toward arming or equipping, uniforming or in any other way supporting, sustaining or providing drill-rooms or armories for any such body of men; but associations wholly composed of soldiers honorably discharged from the service of the United States, or members of the order of Sons of Veterans may parade in public with firearms on Decoration day or upon the reception of any regiments or companies of soldiers returning from such service, and for the purpose of escort duty at the burial of deceased soldiers, and students in educational institutions where military science is a prescribed part of the course of instruction may, with the consent of the governor, drill and parade with firearms in public under the superintendence of their teachers. This section shall not be construed to prevent any organization authorized to do so by law from parading with firearms, nor to prevent parades by the national guard or naval militia of any other state. The independent military organizations mentioned in this section, not regularly organized as organizations of the national guard, are hereby made subject to the orders of the governor in case of emergency or necessity, to aid the national guard in quelling invasion, insurrection, riot or breach of the peace, provided the officers and members of such organization shall, when so called upon, first sign and execute and deliver through their commanding officer to the officer commanding the national guard, to whom it is ordered to report, a form of enlistment in form to be prescribed by the governor in regulations or orders for a term not less than thirty days nor more than ninety days at one time; and if the service of such organization shall not be required for the full term of their enlistment, they shall be discharged by the order of the governor. All members of such independent organizations when called into the service of the state, as herein provided for, shall be equipped and paid by the state, and shall be protected in the discharge of their duties, and in obeying the orders of the governor, as though a part of the national guard of the state. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.”
Laws of The State of New York, Passed at The One Hundred and Twenty-First Session of The Legislature, Begun January Fifth, 1898, and Ended March Thirty-First, 1898, in the City of Albany, vol. 1 (Albany, NY: James B. Lyon, 1898), 599-600. Chapter 212—An Act in Relation to the Militia, Constituting Chapter Sixteen of the General Laws, Article 11—Privileges, Prohibitions and Penalties, § 177. Military Parades by Unauthorized Bodies Prohibited. Became a law April 2, 1898.