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Parade Entries

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2024 Parade Theme: "America and the Freedom to Play"

Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD) invites you to celebrate our community's commitment to outdoor spaces and recreation. Entries should be patriotic and family friendly. We'll also be looking for entries that champion our local parks, recreational spirit, greenery, nature, community gardening, environmental stewardship, and local heroes. 

Entry Deadline - Friday, June 14th, 2024
Accepted applications will be notified on a rolling basis by Friday, June 21st, 2024. 

Entry Fees:

  • Floats: $40 nonprofit/school groups | $60 businesses/politicians
  • Equestrians: $10 (individual) | $40 nonprofit/school groups | $60 businesses/politicians
  • Vehicles: $30 nonprofit/school groups | $60 car clubs/businesses/politicians
  • Pedestrians: $30 nonprofit/school groups | $60 businesses/politicians
  • Marching Bands: $30

Rules and Regulations:

  1. Parade check-in will be at 3rd and Salem starting at 7 AM; no later than 7:30 AM.
  2. Each entry from EVERY category (including vehicles, equestrian, pedestrians, etc) MUST ASSIGN a banner person to WALK in front of their entry, holding a banner or sign with their number attached (you provide the sign/banner, we provide the 8.5x11 number). 
  3. Name of individual/business/organization must be large and visible on the entry banner.
  4. One vehicle per entry (except bikes, equestrian, or car clubs). Limit width to one lane wide to keep safe distance from spectators.
  5. Vehicle height must be no higher than 14 feet. You must measure your entry.
  6. No objects may be thrown from your entry at any time during the parade route. You may pass out items. 
  7. NO CANDY or anything in wrappers.
  8. All entries must be family-friendly and patriotic. All entries must be approved by CARD.
  9. No alcohol or drug consumption at any time.
  10. Judging will take place along the route. Winners will be announced on our website and on social media.
  11. Entry fees must be paid or postmarked by Friday, June 14, 2024.
  12. Final instructions will be emailed and posted to our website no later than 24 hours prior to the parade start time.
  13. All floats must be made of fireproof material. All fire safety rules must be followed. No open flames. 
  14. Every float must carry a working water-based fire extinguisher.
  15. CARD reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at the parade or pre-parade events, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. CARD may use these imagery in publications or other media material, including but not limited to: brochures, website, social media, news, TV, etc.
  16. First place will be awarded in each category and one award for best overall entry.

CLICK HERE: PARADE ENTRY APPLICATION