[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Rocky Hill 8-15-1983 by Ord. No. 106-83. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Parade Ordinance of the Town of Rocky Hill."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CHIEF OF POLICE
- The Chief of Police of the Town of Rocky Hill.
- An organized procession containing 20 or more vehicles upon any public street, sidewalk or alley.
- Any parade, march, ceremony, demonstration, rally, show, exhibition, pageant or procession of any kind, or any similar display, in or upon any street, park or other public place in the Town.
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- The Town of Rocky Hill.
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade or motorcade unless a permit shall have been obtained from the Chief of Police.
Exceptions. This chapter shall not apply to:
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Chief of Police on forms provided by such officer.
Filing period. An application for a permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police not less than 15 days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade or motorcade.
The application for a permit shall set forth the following information:
The name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct such parade or motorcade.
If the parade or motorcade 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 or motorcade chairman and who will be responsible for its conduct.
The date when the parade or motorcade 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 or motorcade; the type of animals, and description of the vehicles.
The hours when such parade or motorcade will start and terminate.
A statement as to whether the parade or motorcade 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 or motorcade.
The time at which units of the parade or motorcade will begin to assemble at any such assembly area or areas.
The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade or motorcade.
Any additional information which the Chief of Police shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should issue.
If the parade or motorcade is designed 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 or motorcade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his behalf.
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 15 days before the date such parade or motorcade is proposed to be conducted.
Fees. There shall be paid at the time of filing application for permit a fee as provided by resolution adopted by the Town Council for each day the permit shall be in effect. The determination of the amount of the fee shall be within the discretion of the Chief of Police, who in determining said amount shall consider the additional public expense required for policing said parade or motorcade in such a fashion so as to preserve public order and to secure the convenient use of the streets by other travelers.
[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
The Chief of Police shall issue a permit as provided for hereunder 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 or motorcade will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other traffic contiguous to its route.
The conduct of the parade or motorcade will not require the diversion of so great a number of police officers of the Town to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the Town.
The conduct of such parade or motorcade will not require the diversion of so great a number of ambulances as to prevent normal ambulance service to portions of the Town 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 or motorcade will not unduly interfere with proper fire and police protection of, or ambulance service to, areas contiguous to such assembly areas.
The conduct of such parade or motorcade 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 create a disturbance.
The parade or motorcade is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route.
The parade or motorcade 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 permit within seven days after the filing thereof. If the Chief of Police disapproves the application, he shall mail to the applicant, within seven 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 permit to the Town Manager. The appeal shall be taken within 15 days after the aforementioned notice. The Town Manager shall act upon the appeal within 15 days after its receipt.
The Chief of Police, in denying an application for a permit, shall be empowered to authorize the conduct of the parade or motorcade 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 10 days after notice of the action of the Chief of Police, file a written notice of acceptance with the Chief of Police. An alternate permit shall conform to the requirements of and shall have the effect of a permit under this chapter.
Immediately upon the issuance of a permit, the Chief of Police shall send a copy to the following:
The Town Manager.
The Town Attorney.
The Fire Chief.
The Director of Highways and Engineering.
The general manager or responsible head of each public transportation utility, the regular routes of whose vehicles will be affected by the route of the proposed parade or motorcade.
Each permit shall state the following information:
The starting time.
The minimum speed.
The maximum speed.
The maximum intervals of space to be maintained between the units of parade or motorcade.
The portions of the streets to be traversed that may be occupied by the parade or motorcade.
The maximum length of the parade or motorcade in miles or fractions thereof.
Such other information as the Chief of Police shall find necessary to the enforcement of this chapter.
A permittee hereunder shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.
Possession of permit. The parade or motorcade chairman or other person heading or leading such activity shall carry the permit upon his person during the conduct of the parade or motorcade.
Driving through parades. No driver of a vehicle or bus shall drive between the vehicles or persons comprising a parade or motorcade when such vehicles or persons are in motion and are conspicuously designated as a parade or motorcade.
Parking on parade or motorcade 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 the route of a parade or motorcade. 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.
Nothing contained herein shall relieve the permittee hereunder from complying with all other state or local statutes, rules or regulations pertaining to parades or motorcades. When applicable, the permittee shall obtain a state permit. Failure of the permittee to obtain a state permit when applicable shall be grounds for rejection of this application or revocation of a permit issued hereunder.
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to revoke a permit issued hereunder upon application of the standards for issuance as herein set forth.
[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
Every person, except persons who are specifically exempt by this chapter, who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of $25 per day, each day's continued violation constituting a separate offense.