[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Manchester 2-10-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-2 (Ch. 70 of the 1988 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 156.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to organize, hold, or participate in a parade or procession of any kind unless a permit has been issued for the parade or procession.
General rule. An application for a permit shall be submitted to the Township Secretary or Manager, as the case may be, or other designated Township official, and shall contain the following information:
The name and address of the sponsor of the parade or procession, the names and addresses of at least two of the principal officers or principals of the sponsor, and the name and address of the person designated by the sponsor to be in charge of the parade.
The purpose of the parade or procession.
The proposed date, time, duration, and route of the parade or procession, as well as any special traffic considerations or needs, police or fire police protection, or any other matters which will require action by the Township Board of Supervisors. This information shall be provided at least 60 days prior to the proposed date of the parade or procession.
The anticipated number of participants in the parade or procession.
Fee. The Township Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized to set such fees for permits under this chapter by resolution as it shall from time to time deem appropriate. The Township Board of Supervisors shall also have the right and the option to waive the payment of fees otherwise due under this chapter for nonprofit or charitable groups, in its sole discretion and on a case-by-case basis.
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is available in the Township offices.
Approval of the permit shall be granted in the sole discretion of the Township's Board of Supervisors at a regularly scheduled meeting. In considering the application, the Board of Supervisors shall consider the special needs of the applicant as set forth in the application or as shall be determined to be required. As part of any approval, the Board of Supervisors shall fix the date, time, duration, and route of the parade or procession, which shall be set forth in the permit.
The sponsor shall be responsible for all costs associated with the parade or procession, including, but not limited to, police and fire protection, damage to persons and property, and cleanup. The Board of Supervisors shall have the option to waive any and all of those costs in their sole discretion.
As a condition of issuing the permit, unless waived by them in their sole discretion, the Board of Supervisors shall require the sponsor to obtain liability insurance and/or post a surety bond to cover the costs of police and fire protection, personal injury to participants, spectators and bystanders, damage to property, including Township property, and cleanup. The liability insurance and/or security bond shall be in such amount as the Board of Supervisors reasonably believes to be necessary to cover the anticipated costs and liability. Such liability insurance and/or surety bond shall be provided by no later than the meeting of the Board of Supervisors immediately before the scheduled date of the event, and shall be posted to the satisfaction of the Township before the permit is issued.
Weapons. No functional firearm or other weapon may be carried by participants in a parade or procession, unless specifically authorized in the permit.
Animals. Any animals in a parade or procession must be followed by a cleanup crew, which shall immediately clean up any droppings.
Flags, banners, signs. The permit may restrict the size and manner of construction of flags, banners, signs and similar devices. Whether restricted by permit or not, no flags, banners, or signs shall be of such a size, shape, or design as to interfere with any signs, wires, light posts, or other such devices which are adjacent to or overhang the parade route.
Parades for commercial purposes. Parades and processions having as their sole or principal purpose the advertisement or promotion of a product or service are prohibited.
Denial. The Board of Supervisors may deny issuance of a permit under the following circumstances:
If any required information is not provided in the permit application or is determined to be untrue, inaccurate, or misleading; or
If it determines that the size or nature of the parade will disrupt to an unreasonable extent the movement of traffic or the public health, safety or welfare, or will require a greater number of police officers than are available to the Township; or
The proposed parade or procession does not meet the requirements of this chapter.
Cancellation. The Board of Supervisors, Secretary or Manager of the Township, or Chief of the Police Department having jurisdiction in the Township may cancel a permit, parade or procession, or stop a parade or procession, for the following reasons:
Any person violating any of the terms of this chapter shall, upon conviction before a Magisterial District Judge of such violation in a summary proceeding, be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000, together with all costs as permitted by law, or, in the event of failure to pay such fine, imprisonment in the York County Prison for a term not to exceed 90 days. As used in this section, the term "person" shall mean any individual, partnership, association, corporation, sponsor, or officer or principal of a sponsor named in or designated by the permit as set forth in § 151-2A(1).