Town of Johnston, RI
Providence County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Johnston at time of adoption of Code (see Ch . 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Motor vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 220.
Noise — See Ch. 224.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 245.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PARADE
Any parade, march, ceremony, show, exhibition, pageant or procession of any kind or any similar display in or upon any street, park or other public place in the Town of Johnston.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
A. 
Parade permit required. No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade unless a parade permit shall have been obtained from the Mayor.
B. 
Exceptions. This chapter shall not apply to the following:
(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) 
A governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions.
A person seeking issuance of a parade permit shall file an application with the Mayor on forms provided by such officer.
A. 
Filing period. An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police not less than 10 days nor more than 15 days before the date on which it is proposed that the parade be conducted.
B. 
Contents. The application for a parade permit 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 chairman 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 a 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, on behalf of or for any person other than the applicant, the applicant for such permit shall file with the Mayor a communication, in writing, from the person proposing to hold the parade which authorizes the applicant to apply for the permit on his behalf.
(13) 
Any additional information which the Mayor shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should issue.
C. 
Late applications. The Mayor, where good cause is shown therefor, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder which is filed less than 10 days before the date such parade is proposed to be conducted.
D. 
Fee. There shall be paid at the time of filing the application for a parade permit a fee of $5. The Mayor and Council have the right to waive any fee.
The Mayor 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:
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 Town to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the Town.
C. 
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 Town other than those to be occupied by the proposed line of march and areas contiguous thereto.
D. 
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.
E. 
The conduct of such parade will not interfere with the movement of fire-fighting equipment en route to a fire.
F. 
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.
G. 
The parade is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route.
H. 
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.
The Mayor shall act upon the application for a parade permit within five days after the filing thereof. If the Mayor disapproves the application, he shall mail to the applicant, within five days after the date upon which the application was filed, a notice of his action stating the reasons for his denial of the permit.
Any person aggrieved shall have the right to appeal the denial of a parade permit to the Town Council. The appeal shall be taken within seven days after notice. The Town Council shall act upon the appeal within seven days after its receipt.
The Mayor, 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 seven days after notice of the action to the Mayor, file a written notice of acceptance with the Mayor. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements of and shall have the effect of a parade permit under this chapter.
Each parade permit shall state the following information:
A. 
The starting time.
B. 
The minimum speed.
C. 
The maximum speed.
D. 
The maximum interval of space to be maintained between the units of the parade.
E. 
The portions of the streets to be traversed that may be occupied by the parade.
F. 
The maximum length of the parade in miles or fractions thereof.
G. 
Such other information as the Chief of Police shall find necessary to the enforcement of this chapter.
A. 
A permittee hereunder shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.
B. 
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.
A. 
Interference. 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.
B. 
Driving through parades. No driver of a vehicle, street car 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 Mayor 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 Mayor 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 nonposted street in violation of this chapter.
The Mayor shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued hereunder upon application of the standards for issuance as herein set forth.