Union City, NJ
Hudson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Union City by Ord. No. 1997-20 (§ 4-9 of the 1996 Revised General Ordinances), as amended through Ord. No. 2000-16. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 155.
The following words, as used herein, shall have the definitions and meanings set forth herein:
MOTORCADE
An organized procession containing 10 or more vehicles, except funeral processions, upon any public street, sidewalk or alley.
PARADE
Any procession or march intended to proceed along any street or in any public place in an orderly fashion.
A. 
Required. No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade unless a parade permit shall have first been obtained from the Director of Public Safety, or his/her designee.
B. 
Exceptions.
(1) 
Funeral processions.
(2) 
Students going to and from school classes or participating in educational activities, provided that such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities.
(3) 
Any procession or parade of any body of police or firefighters of the City, militia of the state or troops of the United State of America.
(4) 
Any parade planned and sponsored by the City.
A. 
Filing with Director of Public Safety. A person seeking issuance of a parade permit shall file an application with the Director of Public Safety, or his/her designee, on forms provided by the Director.
B. 
Filing period. An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Director of Public Safety, or his/her designee, not less than 30 days before the proposed date of the parade.
C. 
Contents of application.
(1) 
The application for parade permit shall set forth the following information:
(a) 
The name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct such parade.
(b) 
If the parade is proposed to be conducted for, on behalf of or by an organization, the name, address and telephone number of the headquarters of the organization and of the authorized and responsible heads of such organization.
(c) 
The name, address, and telephone number of the person who will be the parade chairperson and who will be responsible for its conduct.
(d) 
The date when the parade is to be conducted.
(e) 
The route to be traveled, the starting point and the termination point.
(f) 
The approximate number of persons, animals, vehicles and floats which will constitute such parade and a description of the vehicles and floats.
(g) 
The hours when such parade will start and terminate.
(h) 
A statement as to whether the parade will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets proposed to be traversed.
(i) 
The location by streets of any assembly areas for such parade and of any stages or reviewing stands to be used by parade participants or parade spectators.
(j) 
The time at which units of the parade will begin to assemble at any such assembly area or areas.
(k) 
The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade.
(l) 
If the parade is designed to be held by, and on behalf of or for any person other than the applicant, the applicant for such permit shall file with the Director of Public Safety, or his/her designee, a communication, in writing, from the person proposing to hold the parade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his/her behalf.
(m) 
Any additional information with the Director, or his/her designee, shall find reasonably necessary with regard to the health, safety and welfare of the participants of the parade or the citizens of the City to make a determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
(2) 
The Director, or his/her designee, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder with is filed less than the time required under Subsection B above.
D. 
Date and time stamped. Applications for permits shall be date and time stamped. Applications will be reached in order of filing.
There shall be a fee as set forth in Chapter 155, Fees.
The Director of Public Safety, or his/her designee, shall issue a permit as provided for hereunder when (s)he finds that:
A. 
The conduct of the parade will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other traffic contiguous to its route.
B. 
The conduct of the parade will not require the diversion of so great a number of police officers of the City to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the City.
C. 
The concentration of persons and vehicles at assembly points of the parade will not unduly interfere with proper fire and police protection of, or ambulance service to, areas contiguous to such assembly areas.
D. 
The conduct of such parade will not interfere with the movement of fire-fighting equipment en route to a fire.
E. 
The parade is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route.
F. 
The parade is not to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any product, goods or event, and is not designed to be held purely for private profit; provided, however, that the prohibition against advertising any product, goods or event shall not apply to signs identifying organizations or sponsors furnishing or sponsoring floats or transportation for the parade.
The Director of Public Safety, or his/her designee, shall act upon the application for a parade permit within 72 hours after the filing thereof. If the Director, or his/her designee, disapproves of the application, (s)he shall immediately notify the applicant within 24 hours after the date upon which the application was filed. The Director, or his/her designee, shall state the reasons for the denial of the permit.
The Director, or his/her designee, in denying an application for a permit, shall be empowered to authorize the conduct of the parade on a date, at a time or over a route different from that named by the applicant. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements of, and shall have the effect of, a parade permit.
Immediately upon the issuance of a parade permit, the Director, or his/her designee, shall send a copy thereof to the following:
A. 
The Chief of Police.
B. 
The Fire Chief.
C. 
The Director of the Department of Public Works.
D. 
The general manager or responsible head of each public transportation utility, the regular routes of whose vehicles will be affected by the route of the proposed parade.
Each parade permit shall state the following information:
A. 
The date of the parade.
B. 
The parade route.
C. 
The starting time.
D. 
The ending time.
E. 
The maximum interval of space to be maintained between the units of the parade.
F. 
The portions of the streets to be traversed that may be occupied by the parade.
G. 
The number of persons, motor vehicles and floats that will be in the parade.
H. 
Such other information as the Director, or his/her designee, shall find necessary for the proper enforcement of this chapter.
The parade chairperson, or other person heading or leading such activity, shall carry the parade permit upon his/her person during the conduct of the parade.
A. 
Interference. No person shall unreasonably hamper, obstruct, impede or interfere with any parade or parade assembly or with any person, vehicle or animal participating or used in a parade.
B. 
Driving through parades. No driver of a vehicle, streetcar or trackless trolley shall drive between the vehicles or persons comprising a parade when such vehicles or persons are in motion and are conspicuously designated as a parade.
C. 
Parking on parade route. The Director, or his/her designee, shall have the authority, when reasonably necessary, to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along a street or part thereof constituting a part of the route of a parade. The Director, or his/her designee, shall post signs to such effect, and it shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave unattended any vehicle in violation thereof. No person shall be liable for parking on a street not posted in violation of this chapter.
The Director, or his/her designee, shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued hereunder upon his/her determination that there are material differences between the conditions set forth in the application and the conditions of the actual parade which adversely effect the ability of law enforcement and fire-fighting personnel to protect the public safety and welfare.