City of College Park, MD
Prince George's County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park 10-1-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-18. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 138.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 148.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PARADE
Any procession consisting of people, animals or vehicles or combination thereof upon any public roadway, sidewalk or alley that will affect the ordinary use of such public street, sidewalk or alley.
A. 
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade unless a parade permit shall have been obtained from the Public Services Department, pursuant to the standards for issuance of a parade permit in § 146-4.
B. 
Exceptions. This chapter shall not apply to:
(1) 
Funeral processions.
(2) 
Students going to and from school classes or participating in academic activities.
A person or organization seeking issuance of a parade permit shall file an application with the Public Services Department as follows:
A. 
Filing period. An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Public Services Department not less than 15 days nor more than 60 days before the date on which the proposed parade is to take place. Upon good cause shown, the Public Services Department shall have the authority to consider any application which is filed less than 15 days before the date such parade is proposed to be conducted.
B. 
Fee. There shall be paid at the time of filing the application for a parade permit a fee of $1.
C. 
Insurance. The applicant is required to obtain and present evidence prior to the event of an approved surety indemnity bond or approved comprehensive liability insurance policy naming the City of College Park as an additional insured. The insurance requirement is a minimum of $500,000 personal injury and $100,000 property damage from all claims arising from the permit issued pursuant to this chapter. The City shall not be deemed to have assessed the risks that may be applicable to the event. The permittee shall be responsible for assessing the risks of the event and obtaining additional insurance coverage if appropriate and prudent.
D. 
Contents. The application for a parade permit shall set forth the following information:
(1) 
The name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct such parade or, if the proposed parade is 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.
(2) 
The name, address and telephone number of the person who will serve as Chairperson of the proposed parade and who will be responsible for its conduct.
(3) 
The date when the proposed parade will be conducted.
(4) 
The route to be traveled, the starting point and the termination point.
(5) 
The approximate number of persons, animals and vehicles which will constitute such parade, the type of animals and a description of the vehicles.
(6) 
The hours when such parade will start and terminate.
(7) 
The location of assembly areas for such parade.
(8) 
The time at which units of the parade will begin to assemble at any such assembly area or areas.
(9) 
The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade.
(10) 
If the parade 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 Public Services Department a communication, in writing, from the person proposing to hold the parade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his/her behalf.
(11) 
Any additional information which the Public Services Department shall find reasonably necessary for a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
The Public Services Department shall issue a permit if it finds the following:
A. 
The parade will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other traffic.
B. 
The concentration of persons, animals and vehicles will not unduly interfere with proper fire and police protection of or ambulance service to the City.
C. 
The application does not contain false information or incomplete information of a substantive nature.
D. 
The applicant has satisfied all the terms and conditions of the permit, including proof of insurance.
The Public Services Department shall act upon the application for a parade permit within five working days after the filing thereof. Within seven working days of the date on which the application was filed, the Public Services Department shall mail to the applicant a notice of the Department's action. If the permit is denied, the reasons for the denial shall be stated in the notice.
Any person aggrieved shall have the right to appeal the denial of a parade permit to the Mayor and City Council.
The Public Services Department, in denying an application for a parade permit, 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 Public Services Department, file a written notice; of acceptance with the Public Services Department. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements of and shall have the effect of a parade permit under this chapter.
Each parade permit shall state the following information:
A. 
The starting time.
B. 
The minimum speed.
C. 
The maximum speed.
D. 
The maximum interval of space to be maintained between the units of the parade.
E. 
The portions of the streets to be traversed that may be occupied by the parade.
F. 
The maximum length of the parade, in miles or fractions thereof.
G. 
The assembly area and time.
H. 
The disbanding area and time.
I. 
The number of persons required to monitor the parade.
J. 
Specifications regarding the amplification of sound.
K. 
Such other information as the Public Services Department shall find necessary to the enforcement of this chapter.
A. 
A permittee hereunder shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.
B. 
A permittee shall endeavor to 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.
C. 
Possession of permit. The parade chairperson or other person heading or leading such parade shall carry the parade permit upon his/her person during the parade.
D. 
Sanitation. A parade permit shall be issued only after adequate waste disposal arrangements have been made.
A. 
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.
B. 
Driving through parades. No driver of any bus or other 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.
C. 
Parking on parade route. The Public Services Department shall have the authority, when reasonably necessary, to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along a public roadway or part thereof constituting part of the route of a parade. The Public Services Department 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.
All permits issued pursuant to this chapter shall be temporary and do not vest any permanent rights in the permittee. Reasons for revocation of a parade permit include but are not limited to disaster, public calamity, riot or other emergency. Revocation of a parade permit may be appealed by the same process as an appeal which results from denial of a permit.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $100 or be imprisoned for a period not exceeding 60 days, or be both so fined and imprisoned.
If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this chapter is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions hereof.