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Shreveport law regarding parades

DIVISION 5.  PARADES*


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*Cross references:  Parades in the parks of the city, § 62-97; traffic and vehicles, ch. 90. 

State law references:  Authority to regulate or prohibit processions, R.S. 32:41(A)(3). 


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Sec. 78-111.  Permits for parades.

(a)   No parade shall occupy, march or proceed along any street except in accordance with a permit issued by the chief of police or his designee and such other regulations as are set forth in this chapter which may apply.

(b)   Before any parade permit shall be issued, the person applying for such permit shall advise the chief of police or his designee, in writing, if any object will be thrown from any float or vehicle taking part in the parade.

(c)   The operator of any float or other vehicle taking part in the parade from which any object is thrown must equip that float or vehicle with skirts or have it accompanied by walking escorts.

(1)   Skirts are sturdy panels which angle away from the bottom of the float or vehicle in such a manner that a person falling on the skirt will be guided away from the vehicle's wheels.

(2)   Escorts are persons who shall accompany the float or vehicle from the beginning to the end of the parade and shall attempt to cause persons who may approach the float or vehicle to remain at a safe distance from the wheels of the vehicle. Sufficient escorts will be provided so that one walks in close proximity to each wheel or set of wheels on which the vehicle rides. Wheels or sets of wheels which are mounted at the ends of a common axle in such a way that the wheels are located on opposite sides of the float or vehicle require an escort at each side of the float or vehicle. Escorts are not required for a vehicle pulling a float if the float is not self-propelled.

(d)   In addition to any penalties, any float or vehicle taking part in the parade from which any object is thrown and not equipped or escorted as required by this section will be immediately removed from the parade procession.

(Code 1971, § 35-6; Ord. No. 98, 1990, § 35-6.1, 6-12-90)


Sec. 78-112.  Drivers.

(a)   All drivers of self-propelled floats and drivers of tractors or other prime movers shall submit to an intoxilyzer test prior to the movement of the floats for the parade.

(b)   All drivers of self-propelled floats and drivers of tractors or other prime movers shall wear an orange vest during the parade to identify themselves as drivers.

(c)   All drivers of self-propelled floats and drivers of tractors or other prime movers shall not consume any type of alcoholic beverages.

(d)   Each parade director will provide the police department with a list of people who will drive self-propelled floats, tractors, and/or vehicles designated to pull floats in the processional at least one week prior to the day of the parade.

(Ord. No. 2, 2002, 1-22-02)


Sec. 78-113.  Obstructing parades.

(a)   During and two hours prior or subsequent to the publicized start of a passage of any parade of the carnival Krewes, organizations and/or societies of the city and on Mardi Gras Day between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., it shall be unlawful for any person in control or charge of a horse or vehicle, including a motor vehicle:

(1)   To park, loiter or stop on or upon any street, roadway or boulevard of the parade route, on the line of route from sidewalk curb to sidewalk curb;

(2)   To park, loiter or stop on or upon the sidewalk of any street, roadway or boulevard of the parade route, or on or upon the neutral ground of any boulevard of the parade route; or

(3)   To obstruct the passage of traffic on any intersecting or adjacent street to the parade route.

(b)   Where the off ending vehicle is unoccupied, the police are authorized to have the vehicle towed. The provisions of this section shall not apply to authorized emergency vehicles; to horses ridden by the police department; to mass transit vehicles; to vehicles used by public utilities for any necessary installation, maintenance or repair or public utility facilities or to any vehicle or horse forming a part of the parade authorized by its permit.

(c)   Once the parade begins and until it ends, it shall be unlawful for any person who is not a participant in the parade or employed in a public safety capacity to cross any type of barricade, cable, tape, or other device used to keep the public from entering into the actual parade route.

(Ord. No. 2, 2002, 1-22-02)


Sec. 78-113.1.  Parade vendors.

It shall be unlawful for any parade vendor to sell, offer for sale, exhibit for sale or exhibit for the purpose of taking orders for the sale thereof, any goods or merchandise at a parade without first obtaining a parade vendor license in accordance with division 4 of article IX of chapter 42.

(Ord. No. 182, 2002, 11-12-02)


Sec. 78-114.  Animals prohibited.

(a)   No person shall permit any animal owned or possessed by him to be within 200 yards of a parade route not less than two hours before the published scheduled start of a parade, or within 200 yards of the actual end of a parade for not less than one hour after the actual end of the parade measured from each continuing area of parade termination.

(b)   This section shall not apply to owners of residences along the parade route who have pets secured in their homes or yards.

(c)   This section shall not apply to the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability. For purposes of this section, "service animal" means any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.

(Ord. No. 2, 2002, 1-22-02; Ord. No. 17, 2002, 3-12-02)


Sec. 78-115.  Prohibited throws.

(a)   No Mardi Gras parade participant, while participating in a parade on the parade route, in a parade staging area or in a parade disbanding area, shall possess or have in his custody or control any of the following:

(1)   Any life-threatening objects;

(2)   Any noxious substance or any liquid intended to be poured, tossed, handed out or otherwise distributed;

(3)   Any throw containing sharp points, including but not limited to plastic spears or plastic, paper or silk flowers with wire stems;

(4)   Any insects, marine life, rodents, fowl or other animals, dead or alive; or

(5)   Any "silly string" or other such item which, when used, emits an adhesive string-like or adhesive streamer-like substance that is shot or expelled from a pressurized container.

(b)   No Mardi Gras parade participant, while participating in a parade on the parade route, shall hand out, throw, toss or in any way discard boxes, including but not limited to corrugated boxes.

(c)   No Mardi Gras parade participant, while participating in a parade on the parade route, in a parade staging area, or in a parade disbanding area, shall hand out, throw, or distribute in any way, any condom or prophylactic or any sexually oriented devise. Sexually-oriented devise shall include but not be limited to any paraphernalia that is designed in whole or part for specific sexual activities.

(d)   Any Mardi Gras parade participant who violates this section shall be subject to immediate removal from the parade.

(Ord. No. 2, 2002, 1-22-02)


Sec. 78-116.  Throwbacks.

It shall be unlawful for a person to throw any object at a float or at any participant in a Carnival parade. It shall also be unlawful for a person to use any "silly string" or other such item which, when used, emits an adhesive string-like or adhesive streamer-like substance that is shot or expelled from a pressurized container.

(Ord. No. 2, 2002, 1-22-02)


Sec. 78-117.  Glass bottles and containers.

It shall be unlawful for a person to possess glass bottles or containers within 200 feet of the parade route on the day of the parade.

(Ord. No. 2, 2002, 1-22-02)


Sec. 78-118.  Banners and/or flags.

It shall be unlawful for a person to possess banners and/or flags within 50 feet of the parade route, which would obstruct the view of public safety personnel, parade participants or bystanders.

(Ord. No. 2, 2002, 1-22-02)


Sec. 78-119.  Enforcement.

(a)   The department of police, the fire department, and code enforcement shall issue citations for the violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.

(b)   The department of police, the fire department, and code enforcement shall be authorized to remove any person, float or vehicle of any sort from a parade if the person, float or vehicle is in violation of the provisions of this chapter.

(c)   Violation of any provision of this section may result in penalties of up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500.00 fine.

(Ord. No. 2, 2002, 1-22-02)

Secs. 78-120--78-130.  Reserved.

 

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