The definitions of certain terms relating to parade regulations shall be as follows:

(a)    Parade is 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 city.

(b)    Parade permit is a permit as required by this article.

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(a)    No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade, unless a parade permit shall have been obtained from the city chief of police.

(b)    This article shall not apply to:

(1)    Funeral processions;

(2)    Students going to and from school classes or participating in education activities; provided, that such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities.

(3)    A governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions.

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14-503. PROCEDURE.

A person seeking a parade permit shall file an application with the chief of police on forms provided by such officer.

(a)    An application for a parade permit shall be filed with the chief of police not less than 48 hours before the date on which it is supposed to conduct the parade.

(b)    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;

(2)    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 head of such organization;

(3)    The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the parade chairperson and who will be responsible for its conduct;

(4)    The date the parade is to be conducted;

(5)    The route to be traveled, the starting point and the termination point;

(6)    The approximate number of persons, animals, and vehicles that will constitute such parade; the type of animals and description of the vehicles;

(7)    The hours when such parade will start and terminate;

(8)    A statement as to whether the parade will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets to be traversed;

(9)    The location by streets of any assembly areas for such parade;

(10)    The time at which units of the parade will begin to assemble at any such assembly area or areas;

(11)    The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade;

(12)    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 chief of police a communication in writing from the person proposing to hold the parade, authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his or her behalf;

(13)    Any additional information which the chief of police shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.

(c)    The chief of police, where good cause is shown therefor, shall have the authority to consider any application hereunder which is filed less than 24 hours before the date such parade is proposed to be conducted.

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The governing body 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, it finds that:

(a)    The conduct of the parade will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other traffic contiguous to its route;

(b)    The conduct of the parade will not require the diversion of so great a number of police officers of the city to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the city;

(c)    The conduct of the parade will not require the diversion of so great a number of ambulances as to prevent normal ambulance service to portions of the city other than that to be occupied by the proposed line of march and areas contiguous thereto;

(d)    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;

(e)    The conduct of such parade will not interfere with the movement of firefighting equipment en route to a fire;

(f)    The conduct of the parade is not reasonably likely to cause injury to persons or property, to provoke disorderly conduct or create disturbance;

(g)    The parade is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route;

(h)    The parade 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.

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The governing body 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 10 days after notice of the action of the governing body file a written notice of acceptance with the chief of police. An alternate parade permit shall conform to the requirements and shall have the effect of a parade permit under this article. (Ord. 1294)


Immediately upon the issuance of a parade permit the chief of police shall send a copy thereof to the following:

(a)    All members of the governing body;

(b)    City clerk;

(c)    City attorney;

(d)    City engineer;

(e)    Fire chief.

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Each parade permit shall state the following information:

(a)    Starting time;

(b)    Minimum speed;

(c)    Maximum speed;

(d)    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)    Such other information as the chief of police shall find necessary to the enforcement of this article.

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(a)    A permittee hereunder shall comply with all permit directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.

(b)    The parade chairperson or other person heading or leading such activity shall carry the parade permit upon his or her person during the conduct of the parade.

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The following rules of public conduct shall be observed during parades:

(a)    No person shall unreasonably hamper, obstruct or impede, or interfere with any parade or parade assembly or with any person, vehicle or animal participating or used in a parade.

(b)    No driver 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.

(c)    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. 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 article.

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The chief of police shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued hereunder upon application of the standards for issuance as herein set forth. (Ord. 1294)