[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Monroe as Chapter 484, Sec. 484.05, of the 1995 Codified Ordinances of Monroe. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any parade, march, ceremony, show, demonstration, exhibition, pageant or procession of any kind, or any similar display, in or upon any street, park or other public place in the City.
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade, unless a parade permit has been obtained from the Chief of Police.
This chapter shall not apply to:
No parade shall be held between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. of the following day.
Application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police on forms provided by him or her.
An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police not less than 10 days nor more than 30 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 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 chairperson 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, as well as 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 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 or on behalf of or for any person other than the applicant, the applicant for such permit shall file with the Chief of Police a communication in writing from the person proposing to hold the parade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his or her behalf;
Any additional information which the Chief of Police shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should issue.
The Chief of Police shall issue a parade permit when, from a consideration of the application and from such other information as may otherwise be obtained, he or she 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 preclude 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 preclude 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 enroute 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 enroute.
The Chief of Police shall act upon the application for a parade permit within five days after the filing thereof. If the Chief of Police disapproves the application, he or she shall notify the applicant within five days after the date upon which the application was filed of his or her action, stating the reasons for his or her denial of the permit.
Without regard to § 474-6 hereof, the Chief of Police, only from his or her consideration of available, appropriate and necessary information, shall deny the application for a license provided for by this chapter, when, from this information, he or she has reason to believe that any contemplated advocacy at the proposed event will be directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and will likely incite or produce such action.
Any person aggrieved shall have the right to appeal the denial of a parade permit to the Council. The appeal shall be taken within five days after notice. The Council shall act upon the appeal within five days after its receipt.
The Chief of Police, 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 alternative permit shall do so within five days after notice of the action of the Chief of Police. An alternative parade permit shall conform to the requirements of and shall have the effect of a parade permit under this chapter.
Prior to issuance of a parade permit, the Chief of Police shall send a copy thereof to the following:
Each parade permit shall contain the following information:
The starting time of the parade;
The minimum speed of the parade;
The maximum speed of the parade;
The 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; and
Such other information as the Chief of Police finds necessary for the enforcement of this chapter.
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued under this chapter upon application of the standards for issuance as set forth in this chapter.
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.
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.
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. No person shall park or leave unattended any vehicle in violation of such a sign. No person shall be liable for parking on a street that is unposted with signs as required herein.