City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton 9-7-1967 as § 3-14 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Traffic — See Ch. 14.
Use of City Hall — See Ch. 53.
Disorderly assemblages — See Ch. 201, Art. I.

§ 176-1 Permit required; term defined.

No person shall engage in, form or start any parade in the City without obtaining a permit from the Police Director. For the purpose of this chapter, 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. No permit shall be issued to permit a parade prior to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, except in connection with a religious procession.

§ 176-2 Exceptions.

this chapter shall not apply to:
A. 
Funeral processions.
B. 
Students going to and from school classes or participating in educational activities, provided that such conduct is under the immediate supervision and direction of the proper school authorities.
C. 
A governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions.

§ 176-3 Filing of application; fee.

A. 
Application. A person seeking issuance of a parade permit shall file an application with the Police Director on forms provided by such officer.
B. 
Filing period. An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Police Director not less than five days nor more than 10 days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade.
C. 
Contents. The application for a parade shall set forth the following information:
(1) 
The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the parade Chairperson and who will be responsible for its conduct.
(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 head of such organization.
(3) 
The date when the parade is to be conducted.
(4) 
The route to be traveled, the starting point and the termination point.
(5) 
The approximate number of persons who, and animals and vehicles which, will constitute such parade; the type of animals; and description of the vehicles.
(6) 
The hours when such parade will start and terminate.
(7) 
The location by streets of any assembly areas for such parade.
(8) 
Any additional information which the Police Director shall find reasonably necessary for a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
D. 
Late applications. The Police Director, where good cause is shown therefor, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder which is filed less than five days before the date the parade is proposed to be conducted.
E. 
Fee. There shall be paid at the time of filing the application for a parade permit a fee of $5.

§ 176-4 Action by Police Director.

The Police Director shall act upon the application for a parade permit within three days after the filing thereof.
A. 
Notice of rejection. If the Police Director disapproves the application, (s)he shall mail to the applicant, within three days after the date upon which the application was filed, a notice of the action, stating the reasons for denial of the permit.
B. 
Alternative permit. The Police Director, 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, within one day after notice of the action of the Police Director, shall file a written notice of acceptance with the Police Director. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements of and shall have the effect of a parade permit under this chapter.

§ 176-5 Duties of permittee.

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 upon his/her person during the conduct of the parade.

§ 176-6 Interference.

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

§ 176-7 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.

§ 176-8 Parking on parade route.

The Police Director 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 Police Director shall post signs to this effect, and it shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave unattended any vehicle in violation thereof.

§ 176-9 Violations and penalties.

Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.