The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Parade means any assembly of two or more persons participating in, marching, walking, or operating any vehicle or conveyance in any march, ceremony, show, exhibition or procession of any kind in or upon the public streets, sidewalks, alleys, or other public grounds or places.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-1(c))
Cross reference— Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.
It shall be unlawful for any person to organize, assemble, conduct or participate in any parade in or upon any street, sidewalk, alley or other public place within the town unless a permit therefor has been issued by the town in accordance with provisions of this article.
Any person responsible for organizing a parade shall, at least five working days prior to the beginning of the activity, notify the chief of police and apply for a permit for this activity in order that appropriate measures may be taken to protect public order and safety.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-7))
The chief of police or his designee is authorized to issue permits as required in this article, and in the issuance thereof he shall require a written application for a permit to be filed not less than five working days in advance of such parade. Such application shall be on a form prescribed by this article, shall require the application to be signed by the applicants, shall require that the applicant show the proposed time, place, purpose and estimated size of such parade.
A permit shall not be issued when the activity or purpose stated in the application would violate any ordinance of the town or state laws, or when the activity or purpose would constitute a clear and present danger to the public health or safety.
The application for a permit shall specify and the permit shall designate the person in charge of the activity. Such person shall be required to accompany the parade and shall carry such permit with him at that time.
The permit shall set the starting time and estimated duration, and shall prescribe the portions or areas of streets, alleys, sidewalks, or other public places to be used; and may impose such other reasonable requirements as the chief may prescribe for the control of free movement of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or for the health, safety and property rights of the participant and the general public.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-8))
The chief of police shall revoke any permit granted for a parade for any substantial violation of this article or for the failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the permit.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-10))
The following are exempted from applying for and holding permits: funeral processions.
(Ord. of 2-14-85, § 1(14-11))
(33) State Law reference— Picketing and parading, G.S. 14-225.1; municipal authority to regulate vehicles in parades, G.S. 20-169; municipal authority to regulate the use of streets, sidewalks, etc., G.S. 160A-296. (Back)