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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”

In order to provide a safe and well-organized parade, Main Street Laurens has set forth and strictly adheres to the following rules:

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.
No one is allowed on or off moving floats. Staff or escort changes should only be made when the float has come to a complete stop.
Each float is requested to have a walking crew of at least 4 persons to walk at curbside.
No ATV’s, mopeds, or tractor trailers will be allowed.
Any child participating in the parade must be supervised by an adult who will assume the responsibility for the safety and well being of that child. Due to the length of the parade route, children walking in the parade must be 6 years of age or older.
Any and all music MUST BE themed and family friendly.

PARADE LINE-UP
Entry numbers will be assigned one week before the parade. The contact person will be notified and it will be their responsibility to pass on the line-up information to the participants with their entry.
Entry numbers must be visible on the driver’s side of each entry for judging.
Vehicles pulling floats MUST be at assigned number at the parade site by 4:00 PM. Walking until and riders of floats should assemble at assigned numbers NO LATER THAN 4:30PM.
In order to maintain a safe traffic flow, all vehicles will turn into Laurens Middle School parking lot and exit out on Lake Street or Parkview. Parkview and Lake at EB Morse Elementary will be ONE WAY only beginning at 4PM.
The parade will start promptly at 5PM.

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
Floats must be a fully decorated trailer, flatbed truck, or other platform on wheels that is self-propelled or pulled by a tow vehicle. All floats MUST INCLUDE skirting and be decorated in accordance with the overall theme of the parade.
Floats must not exceed a height of 14 feet.
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