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SECTION III Parade Requirements

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​All first time parade participants are advised to attend the scheduled informational meeting (Wednesday, October 22, 2014).

  • Special Events Office must receive proof of vehicular insurance by November 20, 2014 for any vehicle being driven on the route.
  • All drivers must participate in the entry driver's orientation on Friday, December 5​, at 6:30 p.m.
  • The minimum number of lights on a float are 2,000. LED's, Neon, and Glow products are also acceptable.
  • All tow vehicles must be lit if it is part of the entry. Otherwise it should be blacked out. Minimum number of lights are 2,000. This is in addition to the entry requirement of 2,000 lights.
  • Anyone riding on a float must be attached to the float by a seatbelt-type strap with quick release mechanism.
  • Anyone riding on an entry or walking alongside an entry is required to wear 96 lights or fifteen pieces of 22" glow lights or equivalent light shapes. (LED's, Neon, etc.)
  • Each entry will be required to have signage in lights on the front or both sides with the name of the entry or sponsoring group (i.e., Dolan Family, Express Scripts).
  • All entries are required to play theme or Holiday music throughout the parade route.
  • Only children 8 years of age and older will be permitted to march or walk in the parade.
  • You must correctly include your towable generator size or the size of the unit it will ride on in your specifications. Your generator size must be included on the application.
  • Fire and flammable props are prohibited.
  • The use of spotlights and interior lit inflatables are okay to use as long as the entry has also met the minimum number of lights rule.
  • Children under the age of 8 are permitted to ride on or in a unit provided all regulatory seat belt and car seat laws are followed.
  • Please, for the safety of your child, no strollers allowed.
  • Entries cannot exceed 13 feet 6 inches in height due to overhead wires. There is no limit on length of a float entry. If an entry is wider than 8 feet a transporting permit may need to be obtained and pre approval is required from parade producer.
  • All entry materials must be flame retardant.
  • All wiring must be properly secured to prevent mechanical damage and injury to float riders.
  • All connections must be made with UL approved electrical boxes or devices.
  • Portable generators or compressors used on the float must be securely mounted on a vehicle or other substantial base. A minimum of 12 inches clearance must separate any part of the generator/compressor from combustible fabrication material.
  • Generators/compressors must be equipped with firmly attached exhaust systems that terminate either into a common exhaust serving the vehicle or in the same manner as vehicle exhaust.
  • The use of public address systems for broadcasting messages is prohibited.
  • All entries will be subject to inspection by the Phoenix Police Department. All entries will be inspected to ensure adequate and safe lighting before the parade. Entries that fail to meet the requirements of this document will be pulled from the parade.
  • Religious expression is not prohibited, but proselytizing is prohibited. Please be sensitive to others beliefs.
  • All equestrian units must be bagged or unit must provide a person to pick up waste along the route.
  • The driver must have an unobstructed view of the road.
  • All drivers must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license and be adequately trained to drive their assigned entries.
  • A minimum of one 2A10BC-type fire extinguisher must be provided on each entry or unit. If an individual is in an enclosed entry, there should be one extinguisher inside and another extinguisher outside.
  • A limited number of participants will be able to ride on any entry. City personnel reserve the right to determine the number for safety considerations.
  • Any person, who is a part of the entry, MUST be in costume, lit, and part of the entry theme. A maximum of ten walkers may accompany an entry. Additional walkers may be approved if requested.
  • Entries not abiding by the requirements will be pulled the evening of the event by parade organizers.
  • Once an entry has won a prize or award, that same entry will not be eligible to win again unless changes have been made to the original lighting and display.
  • All entries are required to provide a person to walk and carry an entry number for identification before the spotters and the judges. This person must be dressed in black (black pants, black shirt, black shoes). If an entry does not have a walking marshal the night of the parade, that unit or group will be pulled.
  • Walking marshals are required to be over the age of 16 and walk approximately fifteen feet in front of the entry.
  • All entries must be able to travel at a speed of at least two miles per hour for two miles.
  • The APS Electric Light Parade has ONLY ONE live Santa Claus. The jolly old fellow will be appearing courtesy of the Special Events team. Mrs. Claus is staying home at the North Pole.
  • No alcoholic beverages of any kind will be allowed in the staging area or on the float or parade unit. Consumption of alcohol by any individual will result in immediate removal from the event.
  • For the safety of our spectators absolutely nothing is to be thrown from an entry or handed to the crowd from the parade route.
  • There will be no stopping along the parade route unless directed as such by a staff member. This is to avoid gaps in the parade.
  • Failure, by a participant or parents of participants, to obey any police officer or parade official will be cause for that entry to be removed from the parade.
  • At Indian School Road & 7th Street, the completion of the parade, all entries are requested to turn off their holiday lights and music as soon as possible. This helps signal the end of the parade.
  • All tow vehicles or entries need to turn off or cover their headlights.
  • Unless you are a commercial entry you must cover any commercial logos/name on your entry and tow vehicle.


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