City of St. Charles, MO
St. Charles County
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[R.O. 2009 §98.01; CC 1981 §20-176; Ord. No. 78-66, 10-4-1978; Ord. No. 03-122, 5-27-2003]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
PARADE
Any parade, march or procession comprising more than six (6) vehicles or group of pedestrians more than eight (8) feet in width or more than forty (40) feet in length or any ceremony, show, exhibition or pageant of any kind or any similar display in or upon any street, park or other City property in this City.
PARADE PERMIT
A permit as required by this Chapter.
[R.O. 2009 §98.02; CC 1981 §20-177; Ord. No. 78-66, 10-4-1978]
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade, unless a parade permit shall have been obtained from the Chief of Police; provided however, that this Chapter shall not apply to funeral processions.
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Cross Reference—As to penalty, §100.150.
[R.O. 2009 §98.03; CC 1981 §§20-178—20-179]
A. 
Application—Filing Period. A person seeking issuance of a parade permit required by this Chapter shall file an application with the Chief of Police on forms provided by such officer not less than five (5) days nor more than thirty (30) days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade.
B. 
Application—Contents. The application for a parade permit required by this Chapter shall set forth the following information:
1. 
The name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct such parade;
2. 
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;
3. 
The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the parade chairperson and who will be responsible for its conduct;
4. 
The date when the parade is to be conducted;
5. 
The route to be traveled, the starting point and the termination point;
6. 
The approximate number of persons who, and animals and vehicles which, will constitute such parade; the type of animals and description of the vehicles;
7. 
The hours when such parade will start and terminate;
8. 
A statement as to whether the parade will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets proposed to be traversed;
9. 
The location by streets of any assembly areas for such parade;
10. 
The time at which units of the parade will begin to assemble at any such assembly area or areas;
11. 
The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade;
12. 
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 Chief of Police a communication in writing from the person proposing to hold the parade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his/her behalf;
13. 
Any additional information which the Chief of Police shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should issue.
[R.O. 2009 §98.04; CC 1981 §20-180]
The Chief of Police, where good cause is shown therefor, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder which is filed less than two (2) days before the date such parade is proposed to be conducted.
[R.O. 2009 §98.05; CC 1981 §20-181; Ord. No. 78-66, 10-4-1978]
A. 
The Chief of Police shall issue a permit required by this Chapter, upon written approval of the Mayor, when, from a consideration of the application and from such other information as may otherwise be obtained, he/she finds that:
1. 
The conduct of the parade will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other traffic contiguous to its route;
2. 
The conduct of the parade will not require the diversion of so great a number of Police Officers of this City to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the City;
3. 
The conduct of such parade will not require the diversion of so great a number of ambulances as to prevent normal ambulance service to portions of this City other than that to be occupied by the proposed line of march and areas contiguous thereto;
4. 
The concentration of persons, animals 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;
5. 
The conduct of such parade will not interfere with the movement of firefighting equipment en route to a fire;
6. 
The conduct of the parade is not reasonably likely to cause injury to persons or property, to provoke disorderly conduct or create a disturbance;
7. 
The parade is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route;
8. 
The parade is not to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any product, cause, goods or event and is not designed to be held purely for private profit.
[R.O. 2009 §98.06; CC 1981 §20-182]
If the Chief of Police or Mayor disapprove the application for a parade permit required by this Chapter, they shall mail to the applicant, within five (5) days after the date upon which the application was filed, a notice of their action.
[R.O. 2009 §98.07; CC 1981 §20-187; Ord. No. 78-66, 10-4-1978]
In the event the Mayor disapproves the application for a permit under this Chapter, the applicant has the right to appeal directly to the City Council.
[R.O. 2009 §98.08; CC 1981 §20-183]
The Chief of Police, in denying an application for a parade permit required by this Chapter, shall be empowered, upon written approval of the Mayor, 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 applicant desiring to accept an alternate permit shall, within two (2) days after notice of the action of the Chief of Police, file a written notice of acceptance with the Chief of Police. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements of and shall have the effect of a parade permit under this Chapter.
[R.O. 2009 §98.09; CC 1981 §20-184; Ord. No. 78-66, 10-4-1978]
A. 
Each parade permit issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall state the following information:
1. 
Starting time;
2. 
Minimum speed;
3. 
Maximum speed;
4. 
Maximum interval of space to be maintained between the units of the parade;
5. 
The portions of the streets to be traversed that may be occupied by the parade;
6. 
The maximum length of the parade in miles or fractions thereof;
7. 
Such other information as the Chief of Police shall find necessary to the enforcement of this Chapter.
[R.O. 2009 §98.10; CC 1981 §§20-185, 20-188]
A. 
Chairperson To Have Permit On Person During Parade. The parade chairperson or other person heading or leading such activity shall carry the parade permit required by this Chapter upon his/her person during the conduct of the parade.
B. 
Duties Of Permittee. A permittee under the provisions of this Chapter shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.
[R.O. 2009 §98.11; CC 1981 §20-186]
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued under the provisions of this Chapter upon application of the standards for issuance as herein set forth.