Parade Entry Registration due by 6/2/2022

The Sunbury Semiquincentennial Heart and Heritage 4th of July Parade is a long-awaited community event. The Sunbury Semiquincentennial Committee greatly appreciates your participation! It is a wonderful way to show community spirit and to have your club/organization recognized on this National Day of Independence. Please keep in mind that while you are participating in the Parade you are also representing your own organization. We want this Parade to be safe and enjoyable for all who are in attendance and for the Parade to be an event that is remembered with fondness for years to come. That said, we would like to make you aware of the rules and regulations that must be followed as you prepare for and participate in the 4th of July Parade:

GENERAL PARADE RULES

 

  1. ALL entries must register no later than June 2, 2022. NO unregistered entries will be permitted.

  2. Information packet including assigned division, entry number, and staging instructions will be provided.

  3. This is a rain or shine event. However, the parade may be suspended, postponed, or canceled due to extreme or dangerous weather or other conditions that pose a threat to the public.

  4. All vehicles in the parade must be in good mechanical repair. A valid driver’s license and insurance is necessary if required for the vehicle being driven. Vehicles must be able to navigate the entire parade route and make all turns.

  5. This is an “all forward motion” parade. Performing groups should choreograph routines to maintain forward motion at the parade pace.

  6. UNSAFE OR INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT, INCLUDING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND VIOLATORS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE PARADE.

PARADE DAY RULES

 

  1. Staging area is on the Walnut Street Extension near the old textile mill. Additional information re: specific staging location for your entry will be provided. Do not pre-stage vehicles the night before. Staging begins at 8 am on July 4th. Parade steps off at 10 am. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. After dropping off participants, non-parade vehicles must be removed from the staging area.

  2. ALL entries must be decorated according to the parade theme and/or 4th of July.

  3. Candy, pamphlets, or other giveaways must be HANDED to spectators by parade participants ON FOOT ONLY. No throwing candy or other objects.Be sure to save 1/2 of your candy or handouts for AFTER turning the corner from S 4th St onto Market Street. This is the halfway point of the parade.

  4. Use of water hoses, super-soakers, squirt guns, water balloons or throwing water at all is prohibited.

  5. Vehicles will not “burn rubber”, rev engines, or be operated in any unsafe manner.

  6. In case of emergency, all entries will move to the right to allow emergency vehicles to pass.

  7. Ensure your group has plenty of water for the duration of the parade.Sunscreen is recommended.

  8. Parade ends at S 2nd and Spruce St. Participants may disband and depart from there.

FLOAT COMPETITION RULES AND JUDGING CRITERIA

IN ADDITION TO THE GENERAL AND PARADE DAY RULES, THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY:

 

  1. Any type of parade entry (decorated trailer, pickup/flatbed truck, organized group or individual, vehicle or person) that agrees to compete according to judging criteria and float competition rules may participate and be eligible to win float competition prizes.

  2. Entries must be registered for the float competition in advance. No unregistered entries will be accepted on the day of the parade.

  3. Floats consisting of a decorated vehicle (trailer, car, truck) should be constructed and decorated to ensure that viewing from either side is equally appealing. All trailers must be skirted. All decorated vehicles must have a fire extinguisher on board if reasonably possible.

 

FLOAT JUDGING CRITERIA

 

  1. THEME – Judges the entry’s interpretation of the theme “Sunbury Semiquincentennial: Celebrating 250 Years of Heart and Heritage 1772 – 2022.”

  2. ORIGINALITY – Judges the overall creativity and originality in the entry’s design and concept.

  3. CRAFTSMANSHIP – Judges the quality and complexity of the entry’s workmanship.

  4. ENTERTAINMENT VALUE – Judges the entry’s “wow factor.” Judges will consider the elements such as color, sound, and motion. Costumes of participants riding, walking, or dancing with the entry will also be considered.

  5. PATRIOTISM – Patriotism is defined as one’s love of and devotion to one’s country. The entry will be judged for patriotic theme, color, and subject matter