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Join us for the 2016 City of Temple Christmas Parade!
THEME: "Its Christmas, A time for Peace, Love and Joy"
Monday, December 5th, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
"Our first priority is to have a SAFE PARADE"
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 @ 5:00 PM
The City of Temple is pleased to announce that this year’s Christmas Parade, has been scheduled for Monday evening, December 5, 2016. The parade committee is dedicated to preserving a quality community parade with thousands of lights and one that celebrates the spirit of the holiday season.
We are currently accepting applications. All civic organizations, clubs, schools or businesses are welcomed to participate. A little imagination, hundreds of lights and a lot of spirit is all it takes!
The theme for this year’s parade is “It's Christmas, A time for Peace, Love and Joy." Marching Bands, individuals and groups are encouraged to represent this theme with their costumes, vehicles and floats.
If you are considering entering a float, walking unit, equestrian unit or motorized unit for the 2016 parade, please read the PARADE RULES AND REGULATIONS document carefully as we will have expected you to be fully aware of and in agreement with these policies prior to submitting your application. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 18 @ 5:00 pm.
Application fees are non-refundable
ENTRY FEE: Entry fees support the continuation of the Christmas parade
Commercial and Retail Businesses………..$65.00
All others……………………………………$35.00 (Churches, private schools, non-profit organizations, services clubs, professional organizations, etc.)
No Fee for tax supported entities (public schools, Police & Fire Departments, etc.) unless the entry is requesting to be judged. If so, entry Fee…$35.00
Additional Spaces…………………………..$35.00 for each additional 40- foot space required
***GENERAL PARADE REGULATIONS: The following items must be submitted for your application to be considered for participation.
1. Completed online application form
2. Paid entry fee
3. Hold Harmless Agreement (signed by one member of your unit)
ACCEPTANCE: No individual or unit will be allowed to take part in the parade without prior approval of the Parade Committee. Your acceptance into the parade is based upon your completed application. The committee reserves the right to dismiss your unit from the parade route if it differs greatly from the original description in the application.
LINE UP ORDER:Line up position is determined by the parade committee to establish variety and to insure even flow of the parade. Adequate description including the LENGTH of your group/float is important on the application to help determine placement in the parade. Notification of your unit position will be furnished at our mandatory pre-parade meeting. The representative attending the line-up meeting must remain with the entry at all times.
PARADE ROUTE & MAP: The parade starts at the intersection of E. Adams Avenue and West 8th Street. The parade proceeds west along Adams Avenue, in front of the Municipal Building, all the way to North 23rd Street and then turns north and disbands at Temple High School.
FLOAT JUDGING: Floats that wish to be judged will be judged during the parade. Judges will be placed on the stage located at City Hall and entries will be judged as they pass in front of the stage.
Floats in competition will be judged on three equal criteria: 1.) outstanding accomplishment, 2.) creativity, 3.) originality in projecting the parade theme. It is not required that your entry be judged. If you do wish to be judged, please indicate this on your application. Judges are appointed by the Christmas Parade Committee. All decisions are final and may not be challenged.
FLOAT AWARDS: A total of 10 awards will be given to entries with 150 employees or less, based on the parade theme, as follows:
1st Place Plaque and $650 2nd Place Plaque and $500
3rd Place Plaque and $300 4th Place Plaque and $200
5th Place Plaque and $100 6th-10th Place Plaques and $50
RAIN DATES: Should poor weather conditions force postponement of the parade, alternate dates have been established. Participants are asked to call 298-5300 after 9 a.m. the day of the parade for information on the parade and possible cancellations and rain-out dates. 1st Alternate Date: Tuesday, December 6th; 2nd Alternate Date: Monday, December 12th.