[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lehighton 3-8-1976 by Ord. No. 301. Section 156-7 added and § 156-10 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
No procession or parade containing 10 or more vehicles or 20 or more persons not riding in vehicles shall occupy, march or proceed along any street or highway at any time unless a license to do so at that time has been obtained from the Borough Manager. No person shall take part in. aid. form or start any such procession or parade unless a license for said procession or parade has been issued by the Borough Manager, and no person shall take part in any procession or parade which is proceeding in a manner not in accordance with the terms of such license.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
Processions or parades when all persons taking part therein are policemen, firemen, members of the armed forces of the United States or of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or veterans of such forces or officials of governmental units.
Processions or parades declared by resolution or motion of the Borough Council to be a part of official borough ceremonies.
Students going to and from school classes or participating in school activities, provided that such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities.
Upon application duly made not less than seven days (not counting holidays or Sundays) prior to the proposed date of the procession or parade, in such form as the Borough Manager shall require, a license for the procession or parade shall be issued by the Borough Manager five days (not counting holidays or Sundays) after the application is made, unless:
The procession or parade for which a license is sought could conflict with another parade or procession for which a license is to be or has been issued and for which application was made previous to the application to be rejected.
The procession or parade could conflict with a procession or parade to which this chapter does not apply.
The Mayor or Chief of Police shall advise the Borough Manager that the procession or parade for which a license is sought would endanger the public health or safety or would be detrimental to the public welfare.
The procession or parade is to be held for the purpose of advertising any commercial product, goods or event or is designated purely for private profit.
The organization has a record of previous violations of parade or procession ordinances.
Any person, firm or corporation seeking a license for a parade or procession pursuant to this chapter shall make regular application to the Manager, setting forth the name and address of the organization or person seeking said license, the date and time and the route to be followed and such other information as may be requested.
The Borough Manager shall promptly mail written notice to the Mayor and the Chief of Police of any and all applications for licenses under this chapter. If advised by either official that the procession or parade for which license is sought would endanger public health or safety or be detrimental to the public welfare, the Borough Manager shall promptly notify the members of the Borough Council that he has been so advised and shall refrain from issuing the license sought until directed to do so by resolution of the Borough Council.
Each license issued under this chapter shall specify the names of the organizations participating, the name of the person or, if a committee without a chairman, the names of the members of the committee chiefly responsible for the marshaling and organization of the procession or parade, the streets or highways through which it may move, how much of these highways in width it may occupy and the hours during which it may proceed.
In order to properly notify the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, two weeks' notice shall be required for parades on commonwealth highways.
No person shall drive any vehicle between the vehicles or persons comprising a procession or parade proceeding in accordance with the terms of a license therefor duly issued by the Borough Manager when such vehicles or persons are in motion and are conspicuously designated as a procession or parade, nor shall any person unreasonably hamper, obstruct, impede or interfere with any person, vehicle or animal participating or used in such a procession or parade.
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along a highway or part thereof constituting a part of the route of a procession or parade and to cause signs to such effect to be posted, and it shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person to park or leave unattended any vehicle upon any highway or portion thereof in violation of prohibitions so posted along said highway or portion thereof.
Any person who shall be convicted of violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this chapter before any District Justice shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $600, together with costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, said violator shall be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.