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.


WALKING Unit Criteria

  1. Each unit is allowed a maximum of thirty-five (35) people, including sign bearers.
  2. Everyone must be able to keep up with the pace of the Parade.
  3. Each walking unit MUST be costumed and have learned the provided choreographed routine designed to entertain the people along the Parade route.  Lack of use of the current parade theme and ability to do choreographed routine will affect your unit’s acceptance into the Parade. A parade official will stop by your unit during marshalling to ensure your unit knows the provided choreographed routine that must be performed during the parade.
  4. Choreographed routine should be performed while the unit is moving at the Parade pace, and should continue along the entire Parade route.
  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.
  6. Vehicles are not permitted with walking units. Golf carts or wagons may be used as support vehicles, but must be decorated. A picture or sketch of decorated support vehicle must be provided at the time of application to the parade.


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