Parade Rules & Guidelines

The Festival is not responsible for any injuries that occur to any parade participant, loss or damage to any entry by reason of weather, fire, accident, theft or any other cause. The Festival reserves the right to ask any participant to leave or remove an entry that is disruptive to the parade or in violation of Parade rules. Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions.


  • All entries are $60. No refunds.
  • The parade will go on rain or shine. The parade is only canceled due to severe or dangerous weather.
  • Each entity, whether profit or nonprofit, is required to pay a parade entry fee.  For example:
    • If an umbrella organization has an entry in the parade, they pay $60
    • If an affiliate of an organization wants to be in the parade, they must pay $60 for their own entry.
    • Examples:
      ABC School District Smith Elementary School
      National Political Party Senator John Doe or candidate John Doe
      Holy Lord Church Holy Lord Church Youth Group


  1. Complete and submit your application and payment online.
  2. Both your application and payment must be received by Thursday, September 5th in order for your entry to be placed in the lineup. Absolutely no exceptions
  3. You will receive an email confirmation once your entry has been received; you will be contacted if there are any questions or concerns about your entry.
  4. If you have not received an email registration confirmation by September 7th, email [email protected] or call Terri at 515-229-0900.
  5. Email Terri with any changes to your entry that occur after your application is submitted.


  • Each entry must be family friendly.  Parade entries can only include activities that do not have legal or age restrictions.  Excluded activities include but are not limited to smoking, vaping and alcohol consumption.
  • No more than ONE motorized vehicle per entry and must be driven by an adult. No exceptions.
  • No animals are allowed except dogs and cats, as long as they are on leashes. You are expected to clean up after your animals.
  • No one is permitted to solicit or accept donations before, during or after the parade.


The parade line-up will be posted on our website by Friday, September 13 so you can plan your arrival accordingly.


  • Staging is in the north parking lot of Franklin Junior High, on the west side of 48th Street between Hickman and Franklin.
  • The parade starts promptly at 10 am, goes south on 48th Street to Franklin, east on Franklin to Beaver, then north on Beaver.
  • It is your job to keep up with the parade and not allow too much of a gap between you and the entry ahead of you.


  • The parade officially ends at Beaver and Euclid.
  • Vehicles connected with large groups, like bands, should wait near Iowa Realty on Beaver, unless instructed otherwise.
  • Vehicles in the parade usually exit the parade route by continuing north on Beaver to Douglas, or turning west on Euclid.


  • Arrive at the staging area between 8 and 9:30 am, depending on your place in the line up. The first entry leaves the intersection of 48th & Franklin at 10 am; the last entry will leave Franklin Jr High about 11:15 am.
  • Those placed at the beginning of the parade, including dignitaries and banner carriers, should arrive at the staging area no later than 9 am. Many people arrive early even if they know they are placed toward the back of the parade because they enjoy hanging out in the parking lot and visiting with the other entries. If you can’t decide when to show up, come at 9 am.


Click here for FAQs.
  • If you’re driving a vehicle in the parade
  • If you’re not driving a vehicle in the parade, but need to drive yourself to the staging area
  • If you’re being dropped off
  • Exceptions to the above rules
Contact: Terri Carman
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 515-229-0900