[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Township of Grosse Ile 8-11-1980 by Ord. No. 137 as Ch. 17 of the Grosse Ile Township Code; amended in its entirety 7-22-2002. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to participate in any parade or demonstration upon the public highways or other public places in the Township unless a permit for such parade or demonstration shall first have been obtained.
Such parade or demonstration shall be held only at the time and places designated in the permit and shall be conducted subject to all reasonable rules and regulations as may be established by the Police Department.
Any person who wants to conduct a parade or motorcade shall apply to the Chief of Police for a permit at least 30 days in advance of the date of the proposed parade or motorcade. The Chief of Police may in his discretion consider any application for a permit to conduct a parade or motorcade which is filed less than 30 days prior to the date such parade or motorcade is to be conducted. The application for such permit shall be made in writing on a form approved by the Chief of Police. In order that adequate arrangements may be made for the proper policing of the parade or motorcade, the application shall contain the following information:
The name of the applicant, the sponsoring organization, the parade or motorcade chairman and the addresses and telephone numbers of each.
The purpose of the parade or motorcade, the date when it is proposed to be conducted, the location of the assembly area, the location of the disbanding area, route to be traveled and the approximate time when the parade or motorcade will assemble, start and terminate.
A description of the individual floats, marching units, vehicles, bands, including a description of any sound amplification equipment to be used.
Such other information as the Chief of Police may deem reasonably necessary.
Standards for issuance.
The Chief of Police shall issue a parade or motorcade permit, conditioned upon the applicant's written agreement to comply with the terms of such permit, unless the Chief of Police finds that:
The time, route and size of the parade or motorcade will disrupt to an unreasonable extent the movement of other traffic.
The parade or motorcade is of a size or nature that requires the diversion of so great a number of police officers of the Township to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto that allowing the parade or motorcade would deny reasonable police protection to the Township.
Such parade or motorcade will interfere with another parade or motorcade for which a permit has been issued.
It will be held on a day when no police personnel will be available to supervise it.
It will be likely to endanger the safety of persons or property within the Township, or tend to create a breach of the peace.
It will interfere unreasonably with the ordinary public use of the streets and highways and other public places of the Township.
The County of Wayne standards must be complied with, if any, in addition to the above.
Standards for denial. The Chief of Police shall deny an application for a parade or motorcade permit and notify the applicant of such denial where:
The Chief of Police makes any finding contrary to the findings required to be made for the issuance of a permit.
The information contained in the application is found to be false or nonexistent in any material detail.
The applicant refuses to agree to abide by or comply with all conditions of the permit.
In each permit the Chief of Police shall specify:
The assembly area and time therefor;
The starting time;
The minimum and maximum speeds;
The route of the parade or motorcade;
What portions of streets to be traversed may be occupied by such parade or motorcade;
The maximum number of platoons or units and the maximum and minimum intervals of space to be maintained between the units of such parade or motorcade;
The maximum length of such parade or motorcade in miles or fractions thereof;
The disbanding area and disbanding time;
The number of persons required to monitor the parade or motorcade;
The number and type of vehicles, if any;
The material and maximum size of any sign, banner, placard or carrying device therefor;
The materials used in the construction of floats used in any parade shall be of fire-retardant materials and shall be subject to such requirements concerning fire safety as may be determined by the Fire Chief.
That the permittee advise all participants in the parade or motorcade, either orally or by written notice, of the terms and conditions of the permit prior to the commencement of such parade or motorcade;
That the amplification of sound permitted to be emitted from sound trucks, or bull horns, be fixed and not variable;
That the parade or motorcade continue to move at a fixed rate of speed and that any willful delay or willful stopping of said parade or motorcade, except when reasonably required for the safe and orderly conduct of the parade or motorcade, shall constitute a violation of the permit; and
Such other requirements as are found by the Chief of Police to be reasonably necessary for the protection of persons or property.
All conditions of the permit shall be complied with so far as reasonably practicable.
Upon a denial by the Chief of Police of an application made pursuant to § 174-3 of this chapter, the applicant may appeal from the determination of the Chief of Police within five days thereafter to the Township Board by filing a written notice of appeal for hearing by the Township Board at its next meeting. Upon such appeal, the Township Board may reverse, affirm, or modify in any regard the determination of the Chief of Police.
In the event an application is not filed within the required time, as specified in § 174-3, the applicant may request a waiver of such requirement by the Township Board at its next regular meeting, or at a special meeting which may be called prior thereto by said Township Board to consider such matter, and the Township Board, if it finds unusual circumstances and in the exercise of its sound discretion, may waive such requirement.
Immediately upon the granting of a permit for a parade or motorcade, the Chief of Police shall send a copy thereof to the following:
Any permit for a parade or motorcade issued pursuant to this chapter may be summarily revoked by the Chief of Police at any time when, by reason of disaster, public calamity, riot or other emergency, the Chief of Police determines that the safety of the public or property requires such revocation. Notice of such action revoking a permit shall be delivered in writing to the permittee by personal service or by certified mail.