City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 8-26-1971 by Ord. No. MC-626. Amendments noted where applicable.]

Circuses — See Ch. 180.

Fireworks — See Ch. 244.

Ice cream and food vendors — See Ch. 262.

Hawkers, peddlers and solicitors — See Ch. 280.

Peace and good order — See Ch. 395.

Picketing — See Ch. 406.

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 491.

Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 553.

Unlicensed motor vehicles — See Ch. 561.

§ 378-1

§ 378-2

§ 378-3
Permit required. 

§ 378-4

§ 378-5
Filing of application; forms. 

§ 378-6
Application filing date.  

§ 378-7
Contents of application. 

§ 378-8
Findings required for issuance of permit. 

§ 378-9
Action on applications; hearing upon refusal of permit.  

§ 378-10
Contents of permit. 

§ 378-11
Compliance required. 

§ 378-12
Permit to be carried by chairman of parade. 

§ 378-13
Obstruction and interference. 

§ 378-14
Driving vehicles through parades. 

§ 378-15
Parking on route. 

§ 378-16
Revocation of permit.  

§ 378-17
Violations and penalties.  

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Parade Ordinance of the City of Camden, New Jersey."

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

The Chief of Police of the City of Camden, New Jersey.
The City of Camden, New Jersey.
Any parade, march, ceremony, show, exhibition, pageant or procession of any kind or any similar display in or upon any public street, highway, park or other public place in the City.
[Amended 11-26-1971 by Ord. No. MC-634]
A permit as required by this chapter.
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

No person shall hold, conduct or engage in any parade unless a parade permit shall have first been obtained from the Chief of Police by the organizers of said parade or the corporate officers of the corporation for whose benefit the parade is being organized.

This chapter shall not apply to:


Funeral processions.


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 principal of the school conducting such activities or his designated representative.


A governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions.

A person seeking issuance of a parade permit shall file an application with the Chief of Police on forms provided by such officer.

[Amended 11-26-1971 by Ord. No. MC-634]

An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police not less than seven days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade.

The application for a parade permit shall set forth the following information:


The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.

[Amended 11-26-1971 by Ord. No. MC-634]


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 such organization.


The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the parade chairman and who will be responsible for its conduct.


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 persons who, and animals and vehicles which, will constitute such parade, the type of animals and a description of the vehicles.


The hours when such parade will start and terminate.


A statement as to whether the parade will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets proposed to traverse.


The location, by streets, of any assembly areas for such parades.


The time at which units of the parade will begin to assemble at any such assembly area or areas.


The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade.

The Chief of Police shall issue a permit as provided for hereunder when, from a consideration of the application and from such other information as may otherwise be obtained, he finds that:


The conduct of the parade will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other traffic contiguous to its route.


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.


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 the City other than that to be occupied by the proposed line of march and areas contiguous thereto.


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.


The conduct of such parade will not interfere with the movement of fire-fighting equipment en route to a fire.


The conduct of the parade is not reasonably likely to cause injury to persons or property, to provoke disorderly conduct or to create a disturbance.


The parade is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route.


The parade is not to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any product, goods or commercial event and is not designed to be held purely for private profit.

[Amended 11-26-1971 by Ord. No. MC-634]

The Chief of Police shall act upon the application for a parade permit within three days after the filing thereof. If the Chief of Police shall refuse to issue the permit, the applicant may apply to the Business Administrator for a hearing, who shall hold such hearing within two days with the City Attorney and the Director of Public Works presiding. The approval by a majority of this panel shall determine whether the permit should issue.

Each parade permit shall state the following information:


Starting time.


Minimum speed.


Maximum speed.


Maximum interval of space to be maintained between the units of the parade.


The portions of the streets to be traversed that may be occupied by the parade.


The maximum length of the parade in miles or fractions thereof.


Such other information as the Chief of Police shall find necessary to the enforcement of this chapter.

A permittee hereunder shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.

The parade chairman or other person heading or leading such activity shall carry the parade permit upon his person during the conduct of the parade.

No person shall unreasonably hamper, obstruct or impede or interfere with any parade or parade assembly or with any person, vehicle or animal participating or used in a parade.

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, except as directed to by a police officer.


The Chief of Police shall have the authority, when reasonably necessary, to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along a highway or part thereof constituting a part of the route of a parade. The Chief of Police 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 unposted in violation of this chapter.

[Amended 11-26-1971 by Ord. No. MC-634]

The Chief of Police shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued hereunder for noncompliance with the conditions of this chapter, terms of the permit or for misrepresentation on the application.

[Amended 11-26-1971 by Ord. No. MC-634; 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289; 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4234]

Unless otherwise provided in the chapter, penalties against persons violating the provisions of this chapter shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of § 1-16A.