Lutheran Health Network Parade

 Saturday, July 12, 2014

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 Parade Criteria - For ALL Entries

  1. Minimum age to ride on any unit is 5 years old.  
  2. If walking, children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and have a stroller or wagon available in case of fatigue. Any exceptions to age limits must be pre-approved by TRF.
  3. All participants are expected to be of sound mind and body, sober and cooperative with Parade officials before and during the Parade. Failure to comply will result in immediate expulsion.
  4. All entries must arrange for power, helium or any other supplies needed for set-up/tear-down of their unit.
  5. All entries are responsible for ensuring their unit can safely fit on the Parade route (considering trees, street lights, turns, etc.)
  6. Your organization's name must be an integral part of your unit, or may appear on a banner preceding or following your unit.  Any advertising should be covered.  Please conceal any telephone numbers or websites prior to arriving at your marshalling area.   Use of partisan political signs or other political material on any entry is prohibited on or around the Parade route.  Any controversial statements or pictures on an entry will be reviewed for acceptance before the Parade.

 Spectator Safety

1. Candy, gifts, or toys may be handed out  IF REQUESTED ON YOUR APPLICATION and PRIOR APPROVAL is given by TRF.
2. Items may NOT be tossed or thrown; must be placed in spectator's hands.
3. No squirt guns or silly string may be used along the Parade route.
4. Giveaway materials which are strictly advertising or political in nature are NOT permitted.
5. Please do not encourage spectators to leave their seats or enter the Parade route for any reason.


Marching Band Criteria

1. Bands are encouraged to perform over as much of the Parade route as possible.
2. No unit is permitted to STOP to perform.  All choreography or demonstrations must be accomplished while moving forward, unless an exception is granted IN ADVANCE by the Parade Committee.
3. All members of a Band MUST continue to march forward while turning corners, keeping pace with the rest of the Parade.
4. Bands may not be followed by transportation buses or other large vehicles. This rule will be strictly enforced. Decorated golf carts or wagons ARE allowed as support vehicles on the Parade route.
5. Bands may be identified by banners or signs preceding the groups, or by signage that is an integral part of the group. Vehicles may not be used to identify bands.
6. The band is encouraged to dress appropriately. If the band chooses not to wear regular uniforms, then it should select the dressiest uniform possible for summer weather.
7. Any band stipend given by TRF is contingent on  sponsorship obtained and the number of marching bands that qualify to participate in the Parade.  
a. April 30  ~ Fort Wayne/Allen County High Schools
b. May 15  ~ All outlying High Schools
If a band’s application is late or incomplete, that band will not be eligible for the stipend.
9. All units must be at the specified marshalling spot on time or they will not be allowed to participate.


FLOAT Criteria

1. A float shall consist of a low flat trailer (farm type), boat trailer (heavy duty), mobile home frame or other suitable frame with pneumatic tired wheels.
2. All applications MUST be accompanied by a sketch or photo of the proposed entry. The final entry must adhere to the original concept. Any variation or change requires prior approval of the Parade Committee. If a variance has not been granted, the entry is subject to elimination (on grounds of misrepresentation) at marshalling.  
3. The approved towing units are:  riding lawn mower (under 25 horsepower), SUV, pick-up truck, ATV, UTV, Mule.  All vehicles must be decorated.  Self-propelled units (those in which the towing unit is an integral part of the float design) are encouraged.
4. The float design should relate to the Parade theme:  “MADE HERE.”  A sponsor’s name on either commercial or non-commercial entries may appear on the float or on a banner preceding the float. Only authorized signage (that which appeared on the approved sketch or drawing) will be permitted. If a non-profit entity has a commercial sponsor whose name appears anywhere within the unit, the commercial entry fee must be paid.
5. The following minimum/maximum size restrictions apply:
Length:   Min 12', Max 60'
Width:  Min 7', Max 12'
Height: No minimum, Max 14' --Important because of railroad underpasses!
Flatbed Clearance: Min 2', Max 4'
Skirting Clearance: Min 1", Max 2"
6. Float Framework must be steel, aluminum, wood or other solid material, covered by chicken wire, plastic netting, sprayed canvas or other suitable material. The outer surface may be covered with poms, foil, paper mache, live or artificial flowers, cloth, garlands, fringes, petals, papers, grass mat or paint. Lettering may be cut from wall board or any other material, to which paint, glitter, foil, floral or other covering may be applied.
7. Animation and music are highly desirable but are not required.
8. No unit is permitted to STOP to perform during the Parade.  This includes all specialty units such as mini-bikes, go-karts, and mini airplanes.  All choreography, acts or demonstrations must be accomplished while moving forward unless an exception is granted IN ADVANCE by the Parade Committee.  
9. When transporting the float to the Parade site, it is a good idea to cover it with polyethylene for protection from sun, wind and rain.
10. The following safety measures are required:
     a) Float materials and costumes made of flame-proof material (or sprayed with a flame-proofing solution of 7 oz. borax, 3 oz. powdered boric acid and 2 quarts hot water).
     b) A fire extinguisher aboard the float or towing unit.
     c) Safety type couplers for all towing connections.
     d) Carefully secured lug nuts on all wheels.
     e) Tires of good quality.
     f ) Children under age 10 must be in a restraint or supervised at all times by at least one adult. Minimum age to ride on float is 5 years, unless pre-approved by TRF.
12. Parade officials may disqualify an entry at any time if, in their opinion, the entry is not fully observing Parade rules and regulations or if the official observes any behavior or circumstance which is considered to be unsafe.


WALKING Unit Criteria

1. Each unit is allowed a maximum of thirty-five (35) people, including sign bearers.
2. All children must be able to keep up with the pace of the Parade.
3. Each walking unit MUST be costumed and have a choreographed activity/routine designed to entertain the people along the Parade route.  Lack of costumes or choreography will affect your unit’s acceptance into the Parade.
4. Choreographed act/routine should be performed while the unit is moving at the Parade pace, and should continue along the entire Parade route.  The routine doesn’t need to be elaborate… just simple, creative &  ENTERTAINING.
Some creative examples would be the Wheelbarrow Walkers from the Botanical Conservatory, and National Serv-All’s Baby Bin Precision Drill Team.
5. Parade officials may disqualify an entry at any time if, in their opinion, the entry is not fully observing Parade rules and regulations or if the official observes any behavior or circumstance which is considered to be unsafe.


POLITICAL Unit Criteria

1. The following positions are eligible for an entry in the Three Rivers Festival Parade:
President or Vice President of the U.S.
Governor of the State of Indiana
State Senators
Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne
Allen County Commissioners
Allen County Sheriff
Allen County Judges  
2. Participation must be by the elected official and not a representative of the official.
3. Elected officials may be accompanied by no more than three (3) non-candidate persons plus two (2) banner carriers.
4. Banner signage shall be limited to the official’s name and title.
5. Parade officials may disqualify an entry at any time if, in their opinion, the entry is not fully observing Parade rules and regulations or if the official observes any behavior or circumstance which is considered to be unsafe.


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