2020 Rules and Regulations

Entry Rules:

  • Due to the nature of this year’s event, all entries must be on a float.
  • This will be a drive-thru parade only. Individuals not associated with the parade floats will not be allowed to enter the parade area.
  • Absolutely NO items may be handed out or tossed from floats! This includes but is not limited to: candy, flowers, beads, toys and pamphlets.

Float Requirements:

  • Entries must be decorated and reflect the theme. Please refrain from being predominately commercial in nature.
  • Entries are encouraged to display the name of the organization and/or business.
  • Only one entry per organization/business.
  • Any single-unit truck (no trailer) should not exceed 40ft in length. Any combination vehicle (power unit plus trailer) which is connected using a pintlehook or ball hitch system should not exceed 40 ft in length as measured from the forward most vehicle component to the rearmost component of the trailer.
  • Any combination vehicle which is connected using a fifth-wheel assembly should not exceed 40 ft in length as measured from the forward most vehicle component to the rearmost component of the trailer.
  • Low boy equipment trailers and flatbeds are permitted only if used as part of a float and decorated.
  • Vehicle entries are required to carry a five pound/3A40BC fire extinguisher. Available for purchase at any hardware store.
  • Vehicles will drive by the driver’s side of the float. You will want to focus your decorations to been seen on this side.
  • The use of sirens or horns is prohibited.
  • No vans, utility vehicles, etc. are permitted without tasteful Christmas decoration, or an attached float in accordance with the theme.
  • No propane trucks.
  • NO dressing in Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus costumes permitted. (The parade committee selects “official” Santa for the final float). Santa hats are permitted.

Animals:

  • All animals must be able to stay on the float.

Parade Line Up:

  • Non-parade vehicles are not permitted into the staging area. Groups should establish a meeting place outside of the parade area to meet and then walk to their float.
  • Parents dropping off members of your float should pre-arrange a meeting/drop off location outside of the parade route and then walk to the float.

Weather:

  • In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled if in consultation with local authorities it is deemed dangerous.
  • There will be no postponement or rescheduling of the parade.
  • Your entry fee is non-refundable even in the event of a cancellation.

Judging:

  • All entries must be in place and ready to be judged at 5:00 pm.
  • Judges will be driven past each float.
  • We will announce the winners the evening of the parade. We will also post the winners on social media.

Other important notes:

  • This will be a drive-thru parade only. Individuals not associated with the parade floats will not be allowed to enter the parade area.
  • Masks will be required to be worn when physical distancing is unable to be obtained.
  • Please be prepared to perform, wave to the attendees, etc. from start to finish. Floats will not be allowed to leave prior to the designated ending time (TBD).
  • All drivers must stay with their float from the time they arrive to the time the reverse parade ends.
  • Please report problems to a Parade Volunteers.
  • Contact the Parade Committee at info@warrentonchristmasparade.com with any questions.