[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Groton during codification; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No procession or parade shall be allowed in the Incorporated Village of Groton at any time along any highway or street unless a permit for such procession or parade at that time and place has been obtained from the Village Clerk. No person shall take part in, aid, form or start any such procession or parade unless a permit for said procession or parade has been issued by the Village Clerk, and no person shall take part in any procession or parade which is proceeding in a manner not in accordance with the terms of such permit.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
Processions or parades when all persons taking part therein are policemen, firemen, members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of the State of New York or veterans of such forces or officials of governmental units.
Processions or parades declared by resolution of the Board of Trustees to be a part of official village ceremonies or to be sponsored by the village.
Students going to and from school classes or participating in school activities, provided that such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities.
Upon application in such form as the Village Clerk shall require, duly made not less than seven days, not counting holidays or Sundays, prior to the proposed date of the procession or parade, a permit for the procession or parade shall be issued by the Village Clerk within five days, not counting holidays or Sundays, after the application is made, unless:
The procession or parade for which a permit is sought would conflict with another procession or parade for which a permit is to be or has been issued and for which application was made previous to the subject application.
The procession or parade would conflict with a procession or parade to which this chapter does not apply.
The Mayor, Police Chief or sergeant in charge of the Village Police Department or the Fire Chief shall determine and advise the Village Clerk that the procession or parade for which a permit is sought would endanger the public health or safety or would be detrimental to the public welfare.
The procession or parade is to be held for the purpose of advertising any commercial product, goods or event or is designed purely for private profit.
The Village Clerk shall promptly mail or deliver written notice to the Mayor, Police Chief or sergeant in charge of the Village Police Department and the Fire Chief of any and all applications for permits under this chapter. If advised by any official that the procession or parade for which a permit is sought would endanger public health or safety or would be detrimental to the public welfare, the Village Clerk shall promptly notify the members of the Board of Trustees that he has been so advised and shall refrain from issuing the permit sought until directed to do so by resolution of the Board of Trustees.
Should the Village Board of Trustees determine, based upon the information presented to them, that such permit should not be issued because the procession or parade for which a permit is sought would endanger public health or safety or would be detrimental to the public welfare, the Board of Trustees shall, by resolution, deny the issuance of a permit, and the Village Clerk shall mail or deliver written notice of such action to the applicant.
Each permit issued under this chapter shall specify the names of the organizations participating, the name of the person or, if a committee without a chairman, the names of the members of the committee chiefly responsible for the marshaling and organization of the procession or parade, the highways through which it may move, how much of these highways in width it may occupy and the date and hours during which it may proceed.
No person shall drive any vehicle between the vehicles or persons comprising a procession or parade proceeding in accordance with the terms of a permit therefor duly issued by the Village Clerk when such procession or parade and the vehicles or persons participating in it are in motion and are conspicuously designated as a procession or parade, nor shall any person unreasonably hamper, obstruct, impede or interfere with any person, vehicle or animal participating in or used in such a procession or parade.
The Police Chief or sergeant in charge of the Village Police Department and the Fire Chief shall have the authority to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along a highway or part thereof constituting a part of the route of a procession or parade and to cause signs to such effect to be posted, and it shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person to park or leave unattended any vehicle upon any highway or portion thereof in violation of prohibitions so posted along said highway or portion thereof.