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AMERICAN LEGION/OLD SETTLERS DAYS PARADE RULES
All parade entries should be decorated. This includes all vehicles, floats and trailers. Exceptions are classic vehicles and emergency vehicles. All walking and animal groups should have a sign or banner to let us know who they are. Extra points will be given for using the theme. Please have fun with this, get your group together and make a great entry. Please pay close attention to the following list and include the correct category on your entry form. This will help us to better judge contestants. All entries must have contact information including mailing address included. Please remember this is a family-friendly event. Anyone who is belligerent, refuses to follow directions on the day of the parade or participates in any indecent behavior may be removed from the parade at the discretion of the Lineup Coordinator or the Parade Chairman. Any concerns should be expressed to designated Parade Officials.
Use the following information to complete the entry form. If your entry fits more than one category, please choose only one. Units must be designated as non-profit or commercial (advertising a for-profit company). Any units with animals are responsible for waste cleanup at the staging area and throughout the parade.
A. COLOR GUARD (CAN BE EITHER WALKING OR MOUNTED)
B. SCHOOL BAND (INCLUDES MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL-ALL PARTICIPATING BANDS WILL RECEIVE $150 FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES)
C. ANIMAL DRAWN UNITS (INCLUDES CARTS, CARRIAGES, WAGONS)
D. MOUNTED ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT (SHRINERS, RED HATS, 4-H, BREED CLUBS)
E. MOUNTED OTHER (HAUNTED JAIL, INDIVIDUALS, ETC.)
F. ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILES (CARS & TRUCKS OVER 50 YRS OLD)
G. CLASSIC AUTOMOBILES (CARS & TRUCKS 25-50 YRS OLD)
H. ANTIQUE TRACTORS (OVER 50 YEARS OLD)
I. FLOAT (A DECORATED PLATFORM, EITHER BUILT ON A VEHICLE OR TOWED BEHIND ONE)
J. NOVELTY/FUN MOTORIZED UNITS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CAR CLUBS, GOLF CART CLUBS, ATV CLUBS, MOTORCYCLE CLUBS, BOAT CLUBS, ETC.)
K. NOVELTY/FUN NON-MOTORIZED (WALKING, DANCING, TWIRLING, BICYCLING, SKATING, ETC.)
> Staging for the parade primarily will be at the Columbia City High School parking lot, but sections are organized in several locations. Staging will begin at 3:00 p.m. All entries should enter by the driveway at the north edge of the school property, across from North Street. Please arrive as close to 3:00 p.m. as possible to get checked in and directed to the correct section. > Section lineup is subject to last minute changes at the discretion of the Lineup Coordinator. Please be considerate of others and follow the direction of the Parade Officials.
> All participants should finish the parade at Whitley & Ellsworth St. to minimize congestion at Main Bowl or just return to the High School to disband your group.
> Each group is required to dispose of its own trash including animal waste. Littering of any kind will not be tolerated. Anyone caught littering will be removed from the parade immediately and will not be welcomed back.
> Entries consisting of person(s) under the age of 16 yrs. of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Columbia City High School is a TOBACCO FREE PROPERTY.
2. SPECTATOR SAFETY
Please do not throw any items from moving vehicles or trailers. Candy, fliers, gifts etc. must come from a walking participant.
All units are encouraged to be costumed or uniformed and have an activity/routine to entertain people along the parade route. Stopping along parade route to perform will not be permitted. Parade entries may only stop at the judges stand to perform. There is a maximum of 1-1/2 minutes (90 seconds) for each performing group.
The parade will go on rain or shine! In case of severe weather, emergency responders will advise. Use your own discretion regarding weather. Please bring water for your participants and be cautious about furry friends marching on hot pavement.
There is no entry fee for this parade. Anyone is welcome to participate. If you do not indicate that you have a competing unit, you will not be judged and will not receive any prize money. Winners of competing entries will be posted on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=oldsettlers%20parade) the following day and published in The Post & Mail the following week at the publisher's discretion.
6. ANNOUNCER'S COPY
Form must accompany parade entry form; this will be read from the judging area! Please include your contact information at minimum. Please limit to approximately 75 words or less.
Prizes are mailed to the party named on the entry form.
Color Guards: 1st $100.00, 2nd $75.00, 3rd $50.00
Animal drawn units: 1st prize $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Mounted Units/Organizational (Shrine, 4-H, etc.): 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Mounted Units/Other (Haunted Jail, individuals, families, etc.): 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Antique Automobiles and Trucks (Over 50 Years Old): 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Classic Automobiles and Trucks (25-50 Years Old): 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Antique Tractors (Over 50 Years Old): 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Floats/Commercial: 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Floats/Non Profit: 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Novelty/Fun Motorized Units: 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
Novelty/Fun NON-Motorized Units: 1st $50.00, 2nd $30.00, 3rd $20.00
School Bands: Each participating school band will receive $150.00 for transportation fees per group.