[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wood-Ridge 12-26-1975 by Ord. No. 700 as § 3-4 of the 1975 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 180 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Licensing — See Ch. 343.
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 Borough.
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade, unless a parade permit shall have been obtained from the Chief of Police.
This chapter shall not apply to:
A person desiring a parade permit shall file an application with the Chief of Police on forms provided by him. The application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police not less than 30 days nor more than 45 days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade. Where good cause is shown, the Chief of Police shall have the authority to consider an application which is filed less than 30 days before the parade is to be conducted.
[Amended 12-19-1983 by Ord. No. 23-83; 10-20-1986 by Ord. No. 86-16]
A fee of $100 shall be paid at the time of filing the application for a parade permit. Exemptions can be made from this fee, and application may be made to the Mayor and Council.
The Chief of Police shall issue a permit when, upon consideration of the application and 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 Borough to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the Borough.
The conduct of the parade will not require the diversion of so great a number of ambulances as to prevent normal ambulance service to portions of the Borough 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 the parade will not interfere with the movement of firefighting 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 Chief of Police shall act upon the application for a parade permit within 10 days after the filing thereof. If he disapproves the application, he shall mail to the applicant, within 10 days after the date upon which the application was filed, a notice of his action, stating the reasons for his denial of the permit. 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 of disapproval.
Any permittee under this chapter shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances of the Borough.
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, truck or bus shall drive between the vehicles or persons comprising a parade when the vehicles or persons are in motion and are conspicuously designated as a parade, except by direction of a member of the Police Department.
Parking on parade route. The Chief of Police shall have the authority, when reasonably necessary, to prohibit, limit 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, 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 section.
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued hereunder upon failure to comply with the standards for issuance of the permit as herein set forth.