Criteria for Judging the Parade

2014 was our first year to judge participants based on the criteria listed below:

Parade Judging Criteria

Appearance: Orderly marching, walking; Appropriate attire (uniform, Irish, etc.).
Music: Irish or Theme Related; Live Band.
Dance: Presentation – Costumes, Uniformity.
Form: Presentation at reviewing stand; orderly, time limit, line formation, professional.
Theme: Is the theme of the Parade displayed? How is this presented?
Scoring: 5 points is the highest in each category (25 points total)

There are four judges. Each judge scores each group individually. Total scores of each judge for each category are discussed, and comments are shared regarding the criteria. Total highest points combined is the winner.

Floats are usually associated with an organization, but each float is judged independently of this group. Comments are especially important in this area as to the details such as painting, music, appearance, portrayal of theme.

Bands that are not signed up as marching units, are not eligible for awards, but are considered part of a group, when judging an entire group.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Group that best exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade

  • Outstanding Marching Unit or Fraternal Organization

  • Organization with an Outstanding Float

  • Outstanding Music Unit

  • Organization for an Outstanding Irish Performance or Display