Parade Regulations 2017-02-13T07:09:54+00:00

Parade Regulations

Our goal is to create a safe and fun event for everyone who participates in the parade—entrants and spectators alike. Please review the following Parade Rules prior to submitting your parade entry. 

General Safety Rules

Smoking

There is NO smoking by parade participants during the entire length of the parade route. Fire or open flame on any entrant is prohibited.

Parade Times & Routes to staging area

The 2017 Parade will go on rain or shine…there will be NO rain date. Parade participants will report to the identified Staging Area by 10:00 AM. All groups arriving late on the Day of the Parade will be placed at the end of the Parade. Parade steps off at 12 P.M. SHARP. All parade float entries are to stay off Atlantic Ave. when arriving. Utilize any of the Intracoastal bridges North or South of Atlantic Ave. to get you over to A1A, and take A1A to Atlantic Ave.

Guns

Real or fake guns, are NOT PERMITTED except as part of a Military or Police unit.

Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, all units will move to the right hand side of the road until all emergency vehicles have passed.

Pace of Parade

Distance between parade units is to be maintained at 30 feet. All units are required to close the gap between units when requested to do so by a parade official. All entrants must be mindful of the distance between themselves and the entries in front or behind them, and maintain proper distance accordingly. It is recommended that an individual other than the driver of all motorized entries be available to warn the driver if it becomes necessary to stop for individuals darting out onto the parade route between entries.

Review Stand
A Review Stand will be located somewhere near the middle of the parade route. The Review Stand will provide the announcement of all parade participants as well as unique information about that participant. The judges will also be located at the Review Stand.

Beads, Candy or Giveaway Items 

Throwing beads, candy or anything from vehicles, floats, or while walking along the parade route is prohibited. This creates a very dangerous situation for youngsters running into the middle of parade vehicles, or reaching their hand out under wheels. Walkers must distribute candy or approved novelty items while walking on parade route, in a safe manner, no throwing allowed! If your group violates this rule we are not responsible if anyone gets hurt. You will be held personally liable for any accidents. It is your job to make sure EVERYONE in your group knows this.

Safety

Inspection shall take place prior to the start of the parade. Failure of any unit to comply with these regulations may result in expulsion from the parade. All vehicles that require vehicle registration and insurance in the state of Florida must be able to provide this updated / current documentation.

Drinking

No alcoholic beverages of any type are permitted in vehicles in the parade, in the staging area or in the line of March.

Judging of Participants

To compete for any parade prize or trophy, the unit must have submitted the parade application form and checked the appropriate box for submission. Any unit conducting themselves during the parade in such a manner as to bring discredit to themselves or the Emergency Service’s as a whole shall disqualify their unit from competing for parade prizes or trophies. Judges will be selected by the committee and will serve without compensation at sanctioned parades. All judging in the parade will he done in the immediate area of the reviewing stand.

Specific Parade Entry Category Regulations

Animal Entry

  • All animals must be on a leash or otherwise secured.

  • All horses must be under control of the rider at all times.

  • Animal entries must furnish waste collectors with wheelbarrows and shovels.

Driving Unit

Includes, but is not limited to: Police / Fire Apparatus, Classic Cars, Motorcycles

  • Apparatus Height is the same as the Florida Dept of Transportation, 13 feet 6 inches.

  • All drivers of vehicles shall possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Drivers must be able to control their vehicles. If adequate sight-lines are not available, the entry must provide Safety Personnel who have adequate communications to the driver in order to insure the safety of both entry participants and spectators. The entry sponsor is responsible to see that Safety Personnel, if required, have adequate skills, experience and training to insure their adequate performance.

  • Fire extinguishers rated 2A – 10BC are required on all motorized decorated vehicles.

  • Participants riding any type of motorcycle, 4 wheeler or bike are required to wear the proper helmets.

  • Organizations can choose to drive a vehicle in the parade with up to four people walking alongside to hand out candy or giveaways. If you choose to have more than four people walking alongside the vehicle, you can also register as a walking unit.

  • Vehicles driving in the parade need to be illuminated and are encouraged to be decorated with items such as balloons, streamers, and signs promoting the parade theme and/or Irish theme.

  • The sounding of sirens and/or air horns shall be kept to a minimum along the entire line of the parade.

  • Riding on top of or outside of vehicles without safety belts or rails is prohibited; no personnel shall be wired or tied on.

  • Motorcycle groups must be dressed in uniform that easily identifies them as a part of the same group:

    • Firefighter / Police / EMS personnel on Motor Cycles: Long pants of your choice, department issued black leather uniform boots, or black leather riding boots, (No firefighter combat boots), Emergency Service’s tee shirt or motor cycle group tee shirt of your choice, leather riding vest if you have one, Emergency Service helmet. (If you don’t have an Emergency Services helmet, (Police or Firefighter) and you’d like to purchase an antique style – green St. Patrick’s firefighter helmet, go here: www.oldfirehat.com

Marching Unit

  • Only uniformed members will appear in the line of march. Exception will be Emergency Service mascots, clergy and military.

  • Participating units will make every effort to have its members march the entire parade route.

  • Walking groups must be dressed in uniform that easily identifies walkers as a part of the same group:

    Marching Emergency Service Personnel:

    a) Emergency Services issued Class-A button down shirt with brass, Black Tie, Black belt, Navy blue/black Class-A Jacket with Class-A Cap/hat, Class-A Navy blue/black pants, Black shoes.

    b) Long sleeve Emergency Service’s issued Class-A button down shirt with brass, Black tie, Black belt, Class-A Navy blue / black pants, Black shoes.

    Pipes and Drums: Glengarry, long or short sleeve buttoned down shirt with brass, kilt, belt, sporran, hose, flashes, spats, black shoes. (If your band wears a parade uniform that exceeds this basic uniform description, then by all means, wear it)

    Honor Guards: Your department honor guard uniform

  • Honor Guard / Color Guard – The ranks will be even and abreast, the file (s) will be, straight.

    Cadence will be maintained. Arm swing will be natural, except when an accentuated arm swing is uniform throughout the unit. A military decorum will be maintained. Any talking, horse-play, chewing gum or any actions that will detract from a military decorum will not be permitted. The officer in charge of the unit will render a hand salute to the reviewing stand. The remainder of the unit may salute in any other approved manner.

  • Flags will be carried unfurled at all times except during rainy conditions. (must fly freely). National Flag Code dictates that no other flag in a guard will fly higher than our nations Colors, nor will the staff of another flag be higher than the one bearing the Colors. The Colors will not be dipped in salute at any time. A color guard is required to render a salute to the reviewing stand after the guard has entered the judging area. The salute will be held until the guard has passed the reviewing stand and the salute will be recovered within fifty (50) feet after passing the reviewing stand. A color guard must be comprised of members of the unit with which it is marching.

Float Entry (any unit pulling a trailer)

  • Float or trailer height is the same as the Florida Dept of Transportation, 13 feet 6 inches.

  • All drivers of vehicles shall possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Drivers must be able to control their vehicles. If adequate sight-lines are not available, the entry must provide Safety Personnel who have adequate communications to the driver in order to insure the safety of both entry participants and spectators. The entry sponsor is responsible to see that Safety Personnel, if required, have adequate skills, experience and training to insure their adequate performance.

  • Fire extinguishers rated 2A – 10BC are required on all motorized decorated vehicles.

  • Float/Entries are required to be decorated. Decorations can include: balloons, streamers, flags, bunting, flowers, fringe, tassels and other materials. Decorations must be appropriate for public display.

  • The sounding of sirens and/or air horns shall be limited along the entire line of march

  • Riding on top of or outside of vehicles without safety belts or rails is prohibited; no personnel shall be wired or tied on. Rails must be at least 42 inches in height around trailers if there is no form of safety belt available.