[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Springfield 12-14-1994 as § 5-9 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall engage in, form or start any parade in the Township without obtaining a permit from the Township Council. For the purpose of this section, a parade shall mean any assemblage of 25 or more persons engaged in an organized procession of any duration along a public street or highway following a certain route, whether predetermined or not.
A person seeking a parade permit shall file an application with the Township Clerk on forms provided by the Township.
Filing period. The application shall be filed not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days before the date on which the parade is to be conducted.
Contents. In addition to the requirements set forth in Chapter 122, Licensing, the applicant for a parade permit shall set forth the following information:
The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the parade chairperson and who will be responsible for its conduct.
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 head of the organization.
The date when the parade is to be conducted.
The route to be traveled; the starting point and the termination point.
The approximate number of people who, and animals and vehicles which, will constitute such parade; the type of animals and description of the vehicles.
The hours when such parade will start and terminate.
The location, by streets, of any assembly areas for such parade.
Any additional information which the Township Council shall find reasonably necessary for a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
Late applications. The Township Council, where good cause is shown therefor, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder which is filed less than 30 days before the date the parade is proposed to be conducted.
The Township Council shall act upon the application for a parade permit at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the Council after the filing of the application.
Notice of rejection. If the Council disapproves the application, a notice of the action, stating the reason for the denial of the permit, shall be mailed to the applicant within three days of the meeting of Council wherein the application was considered.
Alternative permit. The Council, in denying an application for a parade 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 applicant desiring to accept an alternate permit shall, within three days after notice of the action of the Council, file a written notice of acceptance with the Township Clerk. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements of and shall have the effect of a parade permit under this section.
A permittee hereunder shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances. The parade chairperson, or other person heading or leading such activity, shall carry the parade permit on his/her person during the conduct of the parade.
Upon written notice of the approval of the parade permit, the parade chairperson or other person heading or leading the parade shall be responsible, within five days of the date the parade is to be conducted, to cause to be printed in a daily newspaper with primary circulation in the Township, a proper notification to the general public specifying the time, date, assembly point, route and duration of the parade for which the permit has been granted.
Interference. No person shall unreasonably hamper, obstruct, impede or interfere with any parade assembly or with any person, vehicle or animal participating or used in a parade.
Driving through parades. No driver of a vehicle 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.
Parking on parade routes. The Chief of Police shall have the authority, when reasonably necessary, to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along a street or highway, or part thereof, constituting a part of the parade route. The Chief of Police shall post signs to this effect, and no person shall park or leave any vehicle unattended in violation thereof. The Chief of Police shall also be empowered to cause the removal by means of a tow truck of any vehicle found to be in violation, when reasonably necessary. All fines that result shall be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle so parked or left unattended in violation of these provisions.
This chapter shall not apply to:
Students going to and from school classes or participating in educational activities, providing such conduct is under the immediate supervision and direction of the proper school authorities.
“Victory” parades by students following the conclusion of a sporting event, provided that prior notification is given to and authorization is received from the Chief of Police.
A governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions.