[R.O. 2009 § 255.010; R.O. 2007 § 640.010; Ord. No. 705 § 1, 4-11-1978]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
- An organized procession containing twenty-five (25) or more vehicles, except funeral processions, upon any public street, sidewalk or alley.
- Any march or procession consisting of people, animals or vehicles or combination thereof, except funeral processions, upon any public street, sidewalk or alley which does not comply with normal and usual traffic regulations or controls.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.020; R.O. 2007 § 640.020; Ord. No. 705 § 2, 4-11-1978]
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct a parade or a motorcade in or upon any public street, sidewalk or alley in the City or knowingly participate in any such parade or motorcade unless and until the permit to conduct such a parade or motorcade has been obtained from the Chief of Police and approved by the Board of Aldermen.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.030; R.O. 2007 § 640.030; Ord. No. 705 § 6, 4-11-1978]
Any person, firm or agency which desires to conduct a parade or motorcade shall apply to the Chief of Police for a permit at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the date of the proposed parade or motorcade. The Chief of Police may in his/her discretion consider any application for a permit to conduct a parade or motorcade which is filed less than fourteen (14) days prior to the date such parade or motorcade is to be conducted. The application for such permit shall be made in writing on a form approved by the Chief of Police. In order that adequate arrangements may be made for the proper policing of the parade or motorcade, the application shall contain the following information:
The name of the applicant, the sponsoring organization, the parade or motorcade chairman and the addresses and telephone numbers of each.
The purpose of the parade or motorcade; the date when it is proposed to be conducted; the location of the assembly area; the location of the disbanding area; route proposed to be traveled and the approximate time when the parade or motorcade will assemble, start and terminate.
A general description of the type of units that are anticipated for said parade.
Such other information as the Chief of Police may deem reasonably necessary.
[R.O. 2009 § 155.040; R.O. 2007 § 640.040; Ord. No. 705 § 7, 4-11-1978]
Upon approval by the Board, the Chief of Police shall issue a parade or motorcade permit conditioned upon the applicant's written agreement to comply with the terms of such permit unless the Chief of Police finds:
The time, route or size of the parade or motorcade will disrupt to an unreasonable extent the movement of other traffic or with the health, safety and well-being of the citizens of the City; or
Such parade or motorcade will interfere with another parade or motorcade for which a permit has been issued.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.050; R.O. 2007 § 640.050; Ord. No. 705 § 8, 4-11-1978]
The Chief of Police shall deny an application for a parade or motorcade permit and notify the applicant of such denial where:
The Chief of Police makes any finding contrary to the findings required to be made for the issuance of a permit;
The information contained in the application is found to be false, non-existent or incomplete in any material degree; or
The applicant refuses to agree to abide by or comply with the conditions of the permit.
The applicant may file a written appeal with the Board of Aldermen, within three (3) days of said denial, who may sustain, modify or reverse the decision of the Chief of Police.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.060; R.O. 2007 § 640.060; Ord. No. 705 § 9, 4-11-1978]
In each permit the Chief of Police shall specify:
The assembly area and time therefor;
The starting time;
The route of the parade or motorcade;
What portions of street to be traversed may be occupied by such parade or motorcade;
The maximum length of such parade or motorcade in miles or fractions thereof;
The disbanding area and disbanding time;
The maximum number of platoons or units and the maximum intervals of space to be maintained between the units of such parade or motorcade;
Such other requirements as are found by the Chief of Police to be reasonably necessary for the protection of persons or property.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.070; R.O. 2007 § 640.070; Ord. No. 705 § 10, 4-11-1978]
No permit for a parade or motorcade shall be effective until the same shall have been approved by the Mayor or, in his/her absence, by the President of the Board of Aldermen who shall, in all cases, be guided by the standards for issuance or denial of such permit as hereinafter set forth and imposed upon the Chief of Police.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.080; R.O. 2007 § 640.080; Ord. No. 705 § 11, 4-11-1978]
Upon the denial of the Chief of Police of an application made pursuant to this Chapter or refusal by the Mayor to approve such permit after issuance by the Chief of Police, the applicant may appeal from the determination of the Chief of Police or Mayor within five (5) days thereafter to the Board of Aldermen by filing a written notice of appeal for hearing by the Board of Aldermen at its next meeting. Upon such appeal the Board of Aldermen may reverse, affirm or modify in any regard the determination of the Chief of Police or Mayor.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.090; R.O. 2007 § 640.090; Ord. No. 705 § 12, 4-11-1978]
Any permit for a parade or motorcade issued pursuant to this Chapter may be summarily revoked by the Chief of Police at any time when by reason of disaster, public calamity, riot or other emergency the Chief of Police determines that the safety of the public or property requires such revocation.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.100; R.O. 2007 § 640.100; Ord. No. 705 § 3, 4-11-1978]
No permit shall be issued authorizing the conduct of a parade or motorcade which the Chief of Police finds is proposed to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any product, goods, wares or merchandise or event and is designed to be held purely for private profit.
[R.O. 2009 § 255.110; R.O. 2007 § 640.110; Ord. No. 705 § 4, 4-11-1978]
No person shall knowingly join or participate in any parade or motorcade conducted under permit from the Chief of Police in violation of any of the terms of said permit nor knowingly join or participate in any permitted parade or motorcade without the consent and over the objection of the permittee; nor in any manner interfere with the progress or orderly conduct of any permitted parade or motorcade; nor operate any motorized or non-motorized vehicle of any type whatsoever into, through or across any permitted parade except of the express authorization and direction of the Chief of Police, City Policemen or other State or County Law Enforcement Officer.