Town of North Beach, MD
Calvert County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of North Beach at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
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.
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade unless a parade permit shall have been obtained from the Town of North Beach, pursuant to the standards for issuance of a parade permit in § 84-4.
Exceptions. This chapter shall not apply to:
Funeral processions.
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 Town of North Beach as follows:
Filing period. An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the Town of North Beach 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 Town of North Beach 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.
Fee. There shall be paid at the time of filing the application for a parade permit a fee in an amount as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Town Council.
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 Town of North Beach 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.
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 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.
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.
The date when the proposed parade will be conducted.
The route to be traveled, the starting point and the termination point.
The approximate number of persons, animals and vehicles which will constitute such parade, the type of animals and a description of the vehicles.
The hours when such parade will start and terminate.
The location of assembly areas for such 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 such parade.
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 Town of North Beach a communication, in writing, from the person proposing to hold the parade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his/her behalf.
Any additional information which the Town of North Beach shall find reasonably necessary for a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
The Town of North Beach shall issue a permit if it finds the following:
The parade will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other traffic.
The concentration of persons, animals and vehicles will not unduly interfere with proper fire and police protection of or ambulance service to the city.
The application does not contain false information or incomplete information of a substantive nature.
The applicant has satisfied all the terms and conditions of the permit, including proof of insurance.
The Town of North Beach 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 Town of North Beach shall mail to the applicant a notice of the Town'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 Town Council.
The Town of North Beach, 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 Town of North Beach, file a written notice; of acceptance with the Town of North Beach. 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:
The starting time.
The minimum speed.
The maximum speed.
The maximum interval of space to be maintained between the 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.
The assembly area and time.
The disbanding area and time.
The number of persons required to monitor the parade.
Specifications regarding the amplification of sound.
Such other information as the Town of North Beach 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.
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.
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.
Sanitation. A parade permit shall be issued only after adequate waste disposal arrangements have been made.
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 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.
Parking on parade route. The Town of North Beach 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 Town of North Beach 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.
Violations of this article shall be a misdemeanor, punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, Penalties. Where the offense is of a continuing nature, each separate day's violation shall be deemed a separate offense.