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.

POLITICAL Unit Criteria

  1. The following positions are eligible for an entry in the Three Rivers Festival Parade:
    • President or Vice President of the United States
    • Governor of the State of Indiana
    • State Senators
    • Congressmen
    • 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. Only elected officials, not those running for office, may participate in the parade.
  4. Elected officials may be accompanied by no more than three (3) non-elected persons plus two (2) banner carriers.
  5. Banner signage shall be limited to the official’s name and title. No partisan signs or materials are allowed.
  6. 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.
  7. One vehicle per elected official is permitted.

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