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.


Motorized Units Criteria

  1. Motorized Unit refers to any Motorcycle, Car, Truck, or Tractor club.
  2. All drivers must be licensed and have proof of insurance.
  3. No more than 10 vehicles will be accepted in any one unit.
  4. Vehicles must travel through the route side by side, the only exceptions is when passing through any lane restricted area (any such area will be given out before the parade)
  5. Vehicles must maintain no more than two car lengths distance between them and the vehicle directly in front of them at all times
  6. Please refrain from: Burn offs, Hole shots, Dumping the clutch or any other action that the Three Rivers Festival may deem unsafe and would potentially endanger our parade guests or other parade units. Failure to do so will result in immediate removal from the parade along with further actions being taken by the Fort Wayne Police Department.
  7. No walkers are allowed with a motorized unit.
  8. 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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