City of Española, NM
Rio Arriba County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Española as Ch. 86, Art. III, of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Carnivals and circuses — See Ch. 163.
Handbills — See Ch. 218.
Littering — See Ch. 235.
Noise — See Ch. 249.
Offenses — See Ch. 260.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 270.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 305.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
PARADE
Any parade, demonstration, 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 City.
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. 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 of a highway constituting a part of the route of a parade.
The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to repeal, replace or limit any other ordinance of this City or to limit the authority and power vested in the City Council, the Mayor, or any law enforcement officer. It is the intention of the City Council that this chapter supplement all legal powers otherwise conferred by law.
This chapter shall not apply to:
A. 
Funeral processions; or
B. 
Students going to and from school classes, provided such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities.
It shall be unlawful to conduct any parade in or on any public street, alley or other public way or place in the City, or to engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade or demonstration within the City, unless a permit is first obtained therefor.
It is the policy of the City Council not to grant permits for parades to be conducted over the Rio Grande Bridge, because of the serious effect such use has on fire and police protection and ambulance service, except on a very restricted basis when a parade on both sides of the river is of great and sufficient interest to the community as a whole to warrant such use.
Application for a parade permit required by this chapter shall be made in conformance with this chapter and shall be submitted to the Chief of the City Police Department. An application shall be filed with the Chief of Police at least five days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade.
A. 
The application for a permit shall include the following information, where applicable:
(1) 
The name and address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct such parade or demonstration.
(2) 
If the parade or demonstration 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.
(3) 
The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the parade or demonstration chairman and who will be responsible for its conduct.
(4) 
The date when the parade or demonstration is to be conducted.
(5) 
The route to be traveled, the starting point and the termination point.
(6) 
The approximate number of persons who, and vehicles which, will constitute such parade or demonstration, together with a description of the vehicles.
(7) 
The hours when such parade will start and terminate.
(8) 
A statement as to whether the parade or demonstration will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets proposed to be traversed.
(9) 
The location by streets and other public places of any assembly areas for such parade or demonstration.
(10) 
The time at which parade units of the parade or demonstration will begin to assemble at any such assembly area.
(11) 
The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade.
(12) 
Whenever the applicant desires to conduct the parade on both sides of the Rio Grande, the applicant must submit detailed and specific reasons to justify the interruption of traffic over the Rio Grande Bridge.
B. 
Action by Chief; referral to Mayor. The Chief of Police must act upon the request for a permit under this section within 48 hours from receipt, and forward the application, together with his recommendations, to the City Manager. The City Manager shall approve or disapprove the application within 48 hours from receipt from the Chief of Police. Upon approval, the City Manager shall submit the application to the City Clerk, who shall issue a permit for the parade on payment of the required fee.
The City shall issue a parade permit when, from a consideration of the application and from such other information as may otherwise be obtained, it finds that:
A. 
The conduct of the parade will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other traffic contiguous to its route.
B. 
The conduct of the parade will not require the diversion of so great a number of police officers to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection.
C. 
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 this City other than that to be occupied by the proposed line of march and areas contiguous thereto.
D. 
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.
E. 
The conduct of such parade will not interfere with the movement of fire-fighting equipment en route to a fire.
F. 
The conduct of the parade is not reasonably likely to cause injury to persons or property, to provoke disorderly conduct or create a disturbance.
G. 
The parade is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route.
Any person aggrieved shall have the right to appeal the denial of the parade permit required by this chapter to the City Council. The appeal shall be taken by notifying the City Clerk of such an appeal in writing at least eight hours before a City Council meeting. The appeal shall be heard and determined at the City Council meeting.
[Amended 7-11-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-03]
The fee specified in Chapter 171 shall be paid to the City for each parade permit required by this chapter, unless waived in the discretion of the City Manger.
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, and shall make it available at the request of any City police officer.