Parade Criteria – For ALL Entries

  1. Minimum age to ride on any unit is 5 years old.
  2. If walking, children under age 10 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.  Website address and phone number for your company may be displayed. Use of partisan political signs or other political material on any entry is prohibited on or around the Parade route.  Any controversial statements, pictures or actions may cause your unit to be ejected from the parade.
  7. Animals are prohibited from participating in the parade, unless a permit has been obtained by the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control and has been approved by the Three Rivers Festival Parade Committee.

Spectator Safety

  1. Candy, gifts, toys, or giveaway materials may not be handed out, tossed or thrown.
  2. No squirt guns or silly string may be used along the Parade route.
  3. 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.
  8. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE MARCHING BAND STIPEND:
    1. Fort Wayne and Allen County High Schools will receive first rights to receive the stipend if applied for by the May 15th deadline. Schools applying after that date may not qualify due to total number of Marching Bands that have met the application deadline.
    2. Any remaining funds will be awarded to marching bands from outside Allen County based on the date of their application. Applications must be COMPLETE and include Announcer Copy.
  9. All units must be at the specified marshalling spot on time or they will not be allowed to participate.

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