[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Amsterdam 8-15-1967. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No procession or parade containing 10 or more motor vehicles or 20 or more persons not riding in motor vehicles shall march or proceed along any public highway or public place within the corporate limits of the city at any time, unless a permit to do so has first been obtained from the City Clerk as hereinafter provided. No person shall take part in, aid, form or start any such procession or parade without such permit first being obtained.
All applicants for a permit to use public highways or public places in the city for a procession or parade shall file with the City Clerk, not less than 10 days prior to the date of the proposed event, a written application therefor. Such application shall state the public highway and public places proposed to be used, the nature and purpose of the event and the number of participants therein.
The City Clerk, upon receiving any such application, shall cause the same to be reviewed by the Police Chief. Said Police Chief, within five days after the filing of such application, shall make a report and recommendation and file the same with the City Clerk. If said Commissioner approves the application the City Clerk shall issue a permit authorizing the proposed procession or parade. If the Police Chief recommends denial of the permit the City Clerk shall deny the application for a permit.
The Police Chief may, in his discretion, recommend to the City Clerk denial of a permit if he determines that:
The procession or parade for which a license is sought conflicts with another procession or parade for which a license is to be or has been issued and which application was made previous to the instant application;
The procession or parade is to be either for the purpose of advertising any commercial product, goods or event or is designated purely for private profit; or
By granting of the permit there would be interference with traffic circulation or unreasonable danger to public safety.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
Procession or parade when all personnel taking part therein are policemen, firemen, members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of the State of New York or officials of governmental units.
Procession or parade sponsored by a duly chartered veterans organization organized and functioning in the city.
Students going to and from school classes or participating in school activities, provided that such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authority.
A permit issued pursuant to this chapter shall specify the name of the organization participating, the name of the person chiefly responsible for the marshaling and organization of the procession or parade, the public streets and public places through which it may move and the hours during which it may proceed.
No person shall drive any motor vehicle between the motor vehicles or persons comprising the procession or parade proceeding in accordance with the terms of a permit therefor duly issued by the City Clerk when such motor vehicles or persons are in motion and are conspicuously designated as a procession or parade, nor shall any person unreasonably hamper, obstruct or interfere with any person, vehicle or animal participating or used in such a procession or parade.
The Police Chief shall have the authority to prohibit or restrict the parking of motor vehicles along a public highway constituting a part of the route of a procession or parade and to cause signs to such effect to be posted and it shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person to park or leave unattended any motor vehicle upon any highway or portion thereof in violation of prohibitions so posted on said highway or portion thereof.