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2017 Christmas Parade

With a 5PM kick-off, this is an event the entire community looks forward to each year! The entries will begin lining up at the Laurens County Library at 4PM, so pick out your spot along the route early!

Parade Rules and Information

2017 Main Street Laurens Parade Theme:
“Christmas Around the World”

Below you will find a link to the 2017 Christmas parade application. This event is put on by Main Street Laurens. In order to provide a safe and well-organized parade, Main Street Laurens has set forth and strictly adheres to the general rules for the parade which you can read on the first two pages of the application. Please note a few VERY important notes below!

GENERAL RULES:
No entry may feature a live or life-size Santa Claus.

All participants (unit members, escorts, staff, etc.) must be in some type of uniform, holiday dress or color coordinated attire.

All entries MUST include holiday lighting of some variety.

It is unlawful to throw ANYTHING from any moving entry, including candy. This rule must and will be enforced for the safety of small children who might be tempted run out into the street. Any participant caught throwing candy from their entry will be immediately removed from the parade and disqualified. NOTE: You may have walkers with your float to hand out candy, items etc to parade attendees, but please do not throw anything.

Any and all music MUST BE themed and family friendly.

A representative of each applicant MUST ATTEND ONE OF THE PLANNING MEETINGS for the parade to be held in conjunction with the Clinton Christmas Parade. Meetings will be Monday November 20: 1PM in council chambers at MS Bailey Municipal building in Clinton and 5:30PM in council chambers of the Historic County Courthouse in Laurens.
Monday, November 27: 1PM in council chambers of Historic County Courthouse in Laurens and 5:30PM in council chambers at MS Bailey Municipal building in Clinton.

VEHICLES
All vehicles must be decorated and lighted with holiday lights. INSIDE DOME LIGHTS AND HEADLIGHTS ARE NOT ENOUGH.
Tractors are encouraged as part of the parade, but must be lit with holiday lights and or themed to the parade theme.
All motorized vehicles must be operated by a licensed driver 18 years of age or older.

BANDS, PERFORMING GROUPS, WALKERS & MARCHING UNITS
All walkers must be in uniform, holiday dress or color coordinated attire. The dress for walkers, staff or escorts should coordinate with the individual float theme which should be in accordance with the overall parade theme.
Walking units not associated with a float must carry a banner/sign with their organization name at the front of their unit.
Entries must maintain a consistent speed to avoid gaps & prevent accidents. Performances are limited to 45 seconds.
Stationary performances are only allowed for the judges. All other performing should be conducted while moving in a forward motion.
The parade judges will be located in the lawn of First Presbyterian Church.

FLOATS
The parade is a NIGHT PARADE, so each entry MUST HAVE lighting in some form to participate. This does not include headlights or dome lights.
All floats must display a sign/banner with their organization name on BOTH sides of the entry.
Adult supervision is required for any riders under 13 years of age.

AWARDS
A cash prize of $150 and a trophy will be awarded to:
Spirit of Christmas Award (Overall Winner)
Trophies will be awarded in each of the following categories. (1 winner per category)
Commercial Business
Non-profit/Religious/Government/Schools
Performing Groups (dance groups, cheerleaders, school marching bands, etc.)

Parade Application and Information