Rules and Regulations

  1. Decorations
    • All Parade entries, tow vehicles, and support vehicles must be at least 75% decorated  in red, white and blue, in keeping with the patriotic spirit of the Parade.
    • All Parade entries shall conform to community standards, including all Parade participants.
  2.   Flags
    • All Parade entries shall conform to proper U.S. Flag display etiquette.
    •  The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff.
    • The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle of a railroad train or boat.  When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
    • For other details please refer to Section 175. Position and manner of display .
  3.  Banners
    • One banner preceding your entry is allowed. No size limit.
    • Banner carriers must be capable of maintaining the parade pace. If the pace of the banner carriers is impeding the parade progress the banner will be removed.
  4. Non-Veteran group parade entries
    • Entries may be sponsored by an individual business or businesses in a mutual association.
    • A logo or business name may be used on an entry, however, the entry may not be used primarily for advertising purposes and must be in keeping with the patriotic spirit of the parade. Signs must be limited to two per entry. Maximum size per sign not to exceed 24 in. x 36 in.
    • Businesses may enter any category except non-commercial floats and novice floats, subject to approval of the parade committee.
  5. Expense
    • No limit. The use of ingenuity and creativity in the design and execution of an entry is encouraged and favored by the judging criteria.
  6. Hand-outs or Giveaways
    • For safety reasons, any activity that entices spectators to enter the parade route is prohibited.
  7. Political
    • The Arlington Heroes Parade is a non-political organization. Only current office holders are allowed to enter the parade. Small signs on either side of a car are permitted. No place cards or large advertising will be acceptable. Individuals or organizations who try to use the parade to further their own or others’ campaigns will be removed from the parade. Under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, tax-exempt organizations are prohibited from participating or intervening in political activities.
  8. Support Vehicles
    • Motorized entries (floats, cars, etc.) will not be permitted to have a support vehicle.
    • Marching units and walking entries are permitted to have ONE support vehicle which must be decorated.
    • You must describe your vehicle on the application to be eligible to have a support vehicle in the parade.
    • Support vehicles must be decorated
  9. Safety Rules
    • No child under eight years of age will be allowed to walk in the parade. They may ride on floats, vehicles or bicycles under adult supervision.
    • Materials used in each entry should be fire-retardant and not of a dangerous nature. An on-board fire extinguisher is required for all floats and recommended for all entries.
    • All parade participants (individual or organization) shall be required to adhere to the provisions of the Texas State Penal Code part 46.04, titled Places Weapons Prohibited and any changes thereto.
    • Bike riders must adhere to state and local laws regarding helmets.
    • Hand holds must be provided for float riders.
  10. Applications
    • The entry fee for all 501(c)3 supporting a heroes group (Arlington Police foundation, VFW, American Legion, etc.)  and first responder or military vehicles are allowed to enter for FREE.
    • The entry fee for all other entries is $50.
    • All applications and entry fees must be submitted by the September Committee Meeting date.  No applications will be accepted after October 1.
    • Parade application fees are nonrefundable.
    • All information for Announcer’s Script must be completed and returned no later than the September Committee Meeting. Information provided for Parade Announcers is subject to editing to meet time constraints of the Parade.
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