[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Ewing 11-24-1998 by Ord. No. 98-13 as Ch. 154 of the 1998 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- 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 Township of Ewing.
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade unless a parade permit has been obtained from the Chief of Police or an authorized agent. This section shall not apply to funeral processions or school activities, provided that such are under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities and are on school property, or a governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions.
A person seeking issuance of a parade permit shall file an application with the Chief of Police or an authorized agent on forms provided by such officer.
Filing period. An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police not less than 10 days nor more than 45 days 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 the 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 thereof.
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 the parade.
The time at which units of the parade will begin to assemble at any such assembly area or areas.
The interval of space to be maintained between units of the parade.
If the parade is designed to be held by, on behalf of or for any person other than the applicant, the applicant for such permit shall file with the Chief of Police or an authorized agent a communication, in writing, from the person proposing to hold the parade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on that person's behalf.
Any additional information which the Chief of Police or an authorized agent finds reasonably necessary for a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
Late applications. The Chief of Police or an authorized agent, where good cause is shown, shall have the authority to consider an application which is filed less than 10 days before the date such parade is proposed to be conducted.
The Chief of Police or an authorized agent shall issue a parade permit when, from a consideration of the application and such other information as may otherwise be obtained, it is found 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 Township to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the Township.
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 Township 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 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, provoke disorderly conduct or 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 and is not designed to be held for private profit.
The Chief of Police or an authorized agent shall act upon the application for a parade permit within five days after its filing. If the Chief of Police or an authorized agent disapproves the application, a notice of the action, stating the reasons for denial of the permit, shall be mailed to the applicant within five days after the date upon which the application was filed.
Any person aggrieved shall have the right to appeal the denial of a parade permit to the Township Council. The appeal shall be taken within five days after notice, and the Township Council shall act upon the appeal within 10 days after its receipt.
In denying an application for a parade permit, the Chief of Police or an authorized agent 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 five days after notice of the action of the Chief of Police or an authorized agent, file a written notice of acceptance with the Chief of Police or an authorized agent. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements and have the effect of a parade permit under this chapter.
A parade permit shall contain the following information:
Maximum interval of space to be maintained between 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 or an authorized agent finds 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. The Parade Chairperson or other person heading or leading such activity shall carry the parade permit during the conduct of the parade.
Interference. No person shall unreasonably hamper, obstruct, 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 operator of any 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 or an authorized agent shall have the authority, when reasonably necessary, to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along a highway or portion thereof constituting a part of the route of a parade. The Chief of Police or an authorized agent 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 subsection.
The Chief of Police or an authorized agent shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit if the applicant fails to comply with the standards for issuance of a permit.