City Code: 705:0

Section 705:00. Purpose. The purpose of this ordinance is to regulate, protect and promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the people of the City of Owatonna by regulating the conduct of parades in the City.

Section 705:05. Definitions.

Subd. 1. Parade. "Parade" is any parade, march, ceremony, show, exhibition, pageant or procession of any kind, or rallies or demonstrations, or any similar display in or upon any street, park or other outdoor places owned or under the control of the City, which acts in some way to impede or affect the free and unobstructed flow of vehicular traffic.

Subd. 2. Person. "Person" is any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

Section 705:10. Permit Required. No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade in the City of Owatonna, unless a parade permit shall have been obtained.

Section 705:15. Application. Application for parade permit shall be made to the City Clerk, on forms provided for such application, not less than thirty (30) days before the date on which it is proposed to conduct the parade. The application shall be accompanied by the proper fee and a certificate of liability insurance in an amount of no less than $1,000,000 combined single limit or equivalent, and the City of Owatonna shall be a named additional insured. The policy shall specify that there is no exclusion for claims brought by participants.

The application shall set forth the following information and shall be signed by the applicant:

(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 heads of such organization.

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

(4) The date when 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 who, and animals and vehicles which, 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 proposed 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) 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 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 behalf.

(12) The purpose of the parade.

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

The application shall be forwarded to the Chief of Police for his comment on date of parade, time of parade, route of parade and any extraordinary problems or cost which he foresees for the Police Department from the conduct of the parade. Upon return of the application from the Chief of Police, the City Clerk shall present the application and comments of the Chief of Police to the City Council for their consideration.

Section 705:20. Responsibilities of Applicant. It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to make all necessary arrangements with the Minnesota Department of Transportation if State or United States Trunk Highways are to be used, and the Steele County Highway Department if County highways are to be used; to make all necessary arrangements for blocking or barricading of streets, alleys, assembly and dispersal areas and other ways of access to the proposed parade route; to arrange with the Chief of Police for policing of the route, assembly and dispersal areas and points of access to the parade route; to make all arrangements for ambulance and other necessary medical services; to arrange for clean up and trash removal of litter in and along the parade route and in assembly and dispersal areas.

Section 705:25. Public Conduct During Parades.

(1) Interference. 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.

(2) Driving Through Parades. 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, nor through parade assembly and dispersal areas except as directed and controlled by police or parade officials.

(3) Parking on Parade Route. 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 cause to be posted signs to such effect, and it shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave unattended any vehicle in violation thereof.

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