City of Paterson, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 23, Art. 11, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Bazaars — See Ch. 129.
Block parties — See Ch. 137.
Entertainment and shows — See Ch. 203.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PARADE
Any parade, march, rally, pageant, demonstration, procession of any kind or any similar display in or upon any street, park or other public place in the city.
The provisions contained in this chapter are set forth:
A. 
In order to more effectively regulate traffic and assembling of crowds in and upon public streets, highways and places of the city which are intended primarily for the convenience and accommodation of the public and each member thereof in the pursuit of his lawful affairs without hindrance.
B. 
In the interest of peace and good order of the city.
C. 
For the protection of the business people of the city.
D. 
To limit the city's unreimbursed expenses.
[Added 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 15-036A]
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
No person, association or corporation shall hold, conduct or take part in any parade, procession or the like through, in or upon any public street, highway or place in the city without first having obtained written permission from the Director of Public Works or his designee as hereinafter provided.
A. 
An application seeking issuance of a permit for any parade, procession or the like shall be filed with the Director of Public Works or his designee on forms provided by the city.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
B. 
The application shall be filed at least 10 days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade or procession.
[Amended 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 15-036A]
C. 
The application shall state the object, time, route and termination point of the proposed parade or procession.
D. 
The application shall also include the following, which shall be obtained before the said application is filed:
[Added 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 15-036A]
(1) 
Proof of adequate insurance coverage in the form of a certificate of insurance for a "special event policy," which shall include its endorsement page or equivalent, and which shall name the City of Paterson as an additional insured. The amount of such insurance shall equal $1,000,000 in coverage. Any actual parade activities that the insurer excludes from the special event policy, such as, for example, automobile coverage, will require separate certificates at a level of $1,000,000 in coverage.
(2) 
Proof of adequate security and emergency medical personnel in the form of employment contracts or equivalent proof satisfactory to the Chief of Police or his delegate. The applicant is solely responsible for the cost of providing said personnel.
(3) 
A written good faith estimate from the Department of Public Works, calculating the added Public Works expenses, including but not limited to cleanup costs: the applicant's filed application shall be accompanied by a deposit of 110% of the said costs, which shall be refunded after the parade to the extent that actual costs may be less than 110% of the estimate.
(4) 
Proof that all other City ordinances and required permits or licenses have been complied with.
(5) 
Failure to provide any one or more of the above items set forth at § 355-4C and D herein at least 10 days in advance of the planned event shall be sufficient grounds for the Department of Public Works to deny issuance of a license.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
A. 
No permit shall be issued by the Director of Public Works or his designee unless the application has first received the written approval of the Chief or Acting Chief of Police for the conduct of said parade or procession.
B. 
The Chief or Acting Chief of Police shall submit to the Director of Public Works or his designee his approval or disapproval of the application for a permit at least five days prior to the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade or procession.
[Amended 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 15-036A]
[Added 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 15-036A[1]]
An applicant may apply to the Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Department of Economic Development for a subsidy of the costs of insurance, security, emergency medical personnel, and public works expenses described above in § 355-4D equaling 80% of such costs for events occurring in calendar year 2015, 70% in calendar year 2016, and 60% in subsequent years. If no specific form is available to apply for the subsidy, then the applicant may apply by letter. The following procedures shall govern, if such a subsidy is sought:
A. 
Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, if such a subsidy is sought then the parade application referenced above in § 355-4 must be filed simultaneously with the Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Department of Economic Development and the Director of Public Works no less than 30 days before the date of the event.
B. 
If such a subsidy is sought:
(1) 
The insurance certificate(s), security contract, and emergency medical personnel contract referenced above in § 355-4 may on a preliminary basis be replaced by formal written documentation as to how much the insurance, security, and emergency medical will cost, provided that if such a subsidy is approved then no permit shall be issued until the Director of Public Works receives the said certificate and contracts.
(2) 
The good faith estimate of Public Works expenses referenced in § 355-4 must be obtained to accompany the parade permit application, but the deposit against Public Works expenses need not be provided until seven days before event.
(3) 
The full application and the response thereto shall without undue delay be prominently posted on the City of Paterson home page, www.patersonnj.gov, and personal information shall be redacted only to the extent otherwise required by law.
C. 
No subsidy shall be granted unless:
(1) 
The applicant has adequately documented its financial need, and
(2) 
There exists a line item in the approved special events budget (or equivalent), which may also include funds such as dedicated trust funds and/or grant funds, such that the City shall not be obligated to provide a dollar amount in excess of the budgeted line item.
D. 
Such subsidies shall be granted to applicants based solely upon documented financial need.
E. 
Failure to timely provide any one or more of the above items set forth at § 355-6A though C shall be sufficient grounds to deny the grant of a subsidy.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former §§ 355-6 through 355-10 as §§ 355-7 through 355-11, respectively.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Whenever the Director of Public Works or his designee or the Chief or Acting Chief of Police finds that the granting of a permit for any parade or procession will result in public disorder or riot or will unduly interfere with traffic or public convenience, the permit for the conduct of said parade or procession shall not be approved nor issued.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068; 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 15-036A]
In the event that the Director of Public Works or his designee or the Chief or Acting Chief of Police shall refuse to approve and issue the permit for a parade or procession, or in the event that the Department of Economic Development shall deny an application for a subsidy as described above in § 355-6, the applicant may apply to the Department that issued the denial for a hearing and said Department shall then determine whether or not the denial of the permit or the denial of the subsidy should be reversed.
A. 
The issuance of a permit under this chapter for a parade or procession shall be subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth in this section, which conditions shall be deemed a part of every such permit:
(1) 
There shall be no unreasonable inconvenience to the public or any member thereof in the lawful use of any public street, highway or place of business in the city.
(2) 
No public disorder, disturbance or riot whatsoever shall be created, caused or encouraged by one (1) or more persons.
(3) 
There shall be no interference in the exercise of the powers and duties of the police to regulate traffic generally and to maintain peace and good order within the city.
B. 
The Director of Public Works or his designee or Chief of Police or Acting Chief of Police may order any parade or procession to be disbanded or otherwise terminated for breach of any of the conditions set forth in Subsection A of this section.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Nothing in this chapter shall apply or be construed to apply to:
A. 
Funeral processions.
B. 
Students going to and from classes or participating in educational or athletic activities, provided that such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities.
C. 
Processions sponsored by a governmental department or agency acting within the scope of its functions.
D. 
Wedding processions.
E. 
Processions sponsored by houses of religious worship.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Unless another penalty is expressly provided herein, any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.), by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days or by a period of community service for not more than ninety (90) days, or any combination thereof. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.