[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Moorestown 12-12-1966 by Ord. No. 527. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- 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 Township.
- PARADE PERMIT
- A permit as required by this chapter.
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- The Township of Moorestown.
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade unless a parade permit shall have been obtained from the Director of Public Safety.
This chapter shall not apply to:
A person seeking issuance of a parade permit shall file an application with the Director of Public Safety on forms provided by such Director.
Filing period. An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Director of Public Safety not less than seven days nor more than 14 days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade.
Contents. The application for a parade permit shall set forth the following information:
The name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct such parade.
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.
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 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 be traversed.
The location, by streets, of any assembly areas for such parade.
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.
If the parade is designed to be held by and on behalf of or for any person other than the applicant, the applicant for such permit shall file with the Director of Public Safety a communication, in writing, from the person proposing to hold the parade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his behalf.
Any additional information which the Director of Public Safety shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
Late applications. The Director of Public Safety, where good cause is shown therefor, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder which is filed less than three days before the date such parade is proposed to be conducted.
Fee. There shall be paid to the Township of Moorestown at the time of filing the application for a parade permit a fee of $10.
The Director of Public Safety shall issue a permit as provided for hereunder when, from a consideration of the applicant 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 Township to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the Township.
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 Township 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 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 event and is not designed to be held purely for private profit.
The Director of Public Safety shall act upon the application for a parade permit within two days after the filing thereof. If the Director of Public Safety disapproves the application, he shall mail to the applicant within two days after the date upon which the application was filed a notice of his action, stating the reasons for his denial of the permit.
The Director of Public Safety, 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 Director of Public Safety, file a written notice of acceptance with the Director of Public Safety. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements of, and shall have the effect of a parade permit under, this chapter.
Immediately upon the issuance of a parade permit, the Director of Public Safety shall send a copy thereof to the following:
Each parade permit shall state the following information:
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 Director of Public Safety 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.
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.
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 route. The Director of Public Safety 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 Director of Public Safety 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.
The Director of Public Safety shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued hereunder upon application of the standards for issuance as herein set forth.