City of Centralia, MO
Boone County
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Cross Reference — As to minors riding in bed of pickup truck during parade, see § 18-42.3. As to permits for operation of all-terrain vehicles in parade, see § 18-25.1. As to motorized play vehicles and motorized scooters in parade, see § 18-25.2.

Section 20.1-1 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 1, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 1, 3-19-1990]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Section:
The Chief of Police of the City, or the next highest ranking police officer in the absence of the Police Chief.
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 City.
A permit as required by this Chapter.
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

Section 20.1-2 Permit — required; exceptions.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 2, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 2, 3-19-1990]
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, provided, that this Section shall not apply to:
Funeral processions;
Students going to and from school classes or participating in education activities, provided such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities; and
A governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions.

Section 20.1-3 Same — application.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 3, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 3, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2357 § 1, 6-20-2005]
A person seeking issuance of a Parade Permit shall file an application with the Chief of Police on forms provided by such officer, in accordance with the following provisions:
Filing Period. An application for a Parade Permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police not less than seven (7) days nor more than two (2) months before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade.
Contents. 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 Chairman 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; the type of animals and 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 areas;
The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade;
If the parade is designated to be held by, and 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 behalf;
Any additional information which the Chief of Police shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination whether a permit should be issued.
Late Applications. The Chief of Police, where good cause is shown therefor, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder which is filed less than seven (7) days before such parade is proposed to be conducted.

Section 20.1-4 Same — standards for issuance.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 4, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 4, 3-19-1990]
The Chief of Police shall issue a permit as provided for under this chapter when, from a consideration of the application and from 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 City to properly police the line of movement and areas contiguous thereto as to prevent 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 prevent 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 the 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 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 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 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.

Section 20.1-5 Same — notice of denial.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 5, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 5, 3-19-1990]
The Chief of Police shall act upon a properly completed application for a Parade Permit within two (2) days after the filing thereof. If the Chief of Police disapproves the application, he shall mail to the applicant, within three (3) days after the date upon which the application was filed, a notice of his action, stating the reasons for his denial of the permit.

Section 20.1-6 Same — appeals from denial.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 6, 11-12-1979]
Any person aggrieved shall have the right to appeal the denial of a Parade Permit to the Board of Aldermen. The appeal shall be taken within ten (10) days after notice. The Board of Aldermen shall act upon the appeal within thirty (30) days after its receipt.

Section 20.1-7 Same — alternate permit.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 7, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 6, 3-19-1990]
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 alternate permit shall, within two (2) days after notice of the action of the Chief of Police, file a notice of acceptance with the Chief of Police. An alternate Parade Permit shall conform to the requirements of, and shall have the effect of, a Parade Permit under this Chapter.

Section 20.1-8 Same — Chief of Police to send copies to other City officials.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 8, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 7, 3-19-1990]
Immediately upon the issuance of a Parade Permit, the Chief of Police shall send a copy thereof to the following:
The Mayor;
The City Administrator;
The Fire Chief;
The City Clerk.

Section 20.1-9 Same — contents.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 9, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 8, 3-19-1990]
Each Parade Permit shall state the following information:
Starting time;
Minimum speed;
Maximum speed;
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;
Such other information as the Chief of Police shall find necessary to the enforcement of this Chapter.

Section 20.1-10 Same — duties of permittee.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 10, 11-12-1979]
Compliance With Conditions, Laws, Etc. A permittee under this Chapter shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.
Possession of Permit. 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.

Section 20.1-11 Same — revocation.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 12, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 9, 3-19-1990]
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 herein set forth.

Section 20.1-12 Public conduct during parades.

[Ord. No. 1157 § 11, 11-12-1979; Ord. No. 1539 § 10, 3-19-1990]
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 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.
Parking on Parade Route. 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 a parade route. 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 Chapter.

Section 20.1-13 Violations. [1]

[Ord. No. 1157 § 13, 11-12-1979]
Violations of this Chapter or any Section hereof is hereby declared to be a misdemeanor and is punishable in accordance with Section 1-7 of this Code.
Cross Reference — As to general penalty, see § 1-7.