Hometown USA Parade Registration Form

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Deadline and Fees

  • All entries and fees must be received by June 24, 2022. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • An entry fee is not required, but a suggestion, donation for entrants is $100 to support the City of Madison Firework Extravaganza on July 2, 2022.

Parade Day Information

  • Parade starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. Parade Headquarters will be set up at the corner of Third and Jefferson St. (US 421) ½ block north of Main Street in the First Financial Bank (old MainSource) parking lot.
  • All entries must be checked in and lined up by 5:00 p.m. Check-in is important as last-minute instructions may be given and parade officials need to know that each unit has arrived.

 Entrant Rules and Regulations

  • All entries must decorate their floats to match the patriotic theme of Hometown USA.
  • Vehicles will not be allowed in the parade, unless pulling a float, or providing transportation for pageant entrants. Exceptions will be considered for antique vehicles, other organized specialty car groups, and hydroplanes, with prior approval.
  • Drivers of all vehicles in the parade areas must possess a valid driver’s license, be at least 18 years old, and possess all liability vehicle insurance.
  • No candy, goodies, or materials, can be thrown from a vehicle or float. Those wishing to distribute candy, goodies, or materials, must distribute items, hand-to-hand, at the curb, by walking along the parade route next to the spectators.
  • No alcohol or glassware is allowed in the parade. Bottled water and cans of soda are permitted.
  • Livestock, reptiles, wild and domestic animals, shall not be in the parade unless special approval by the Parade Committee is obtained. If approval is granted, all animals must have someone to clean up, if necessary, along the parade route. The City of Madison is NOT responsible for cleaning up after animals.
  • Only patriotic themed music will be allowed. Parade officials have the complete authority in this matter and reserve the right to withdraw any unit that does not comply with their instructions to turn down or turn off sound, when instructed to do so. Failure to comply with the officials’ instructions will result in immediate removal from the parade and jeopardize future participation.
  • The parade officials reserve the right to withdraw any unit, of which costume or performance does not meet the Hometown USA parade rules and regulations, or conform to the standards of reasonable public taste and fit the parade theme.
  • Political campaigning is not permitted.
  • Units may not contain flags, banners, bumper stickers, t-shirts, hats, or other visible materials that contain obscene language. This is a family friendly event.

 Line-up

  • All entries will be assigned a line-up number and receive further instructions about the parade upon receipt and approval of the application. This information will be sent via email.
  • Your unit number can be found on the street during line-up.
  • The line-up will NOT be changed to get a unit closer to the front. Please keep in mind that everyone wants to be in the front, but the end is just as important.

 Route 

  • The parade starter will be positioned at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets, where units will be fed into the parade lineup.
  • The parade officials will control the conduct and traffic flow of the parade. Participants must obey the directions of the officials, as they relate to the parade.
  • The parade participants will enter Main Street from their line-up point and travel west to Cragmont street where ALL units will turn north south, as directed by parade officials or public safety officers.
  • The parade ends at Cragmont Street, DO NOT stop at the intersection to let people out of cars or off floats; this backs parade traffic up behind you. Pull into the nearest parking lot away from parade traffic. 

Floats

  1. All entries must be decorated according to the Hometown USA Parade’s patriotic theme. All banners must be neatly lettered.
  2. Participants must be costumed according to the parade theme.
  3. No participants may jump on a float to ride and may not interfere with any other unit in any way.
  4. Float capacity will not be exceeded.
  5. No participants will dismount from a float during the parade route. Participants will not have body parts, particularly legs and feet, extending past the sides, front, or rear of the float. This is an extreme safety hazard.
  6. Units may contain no element higher than 15 feet to provide clearance of overhead wires and lights.
  7. A space of 50 feet between each unit will be enforced. All units are required to close gap between units when instructed by parade officials. Failure to do so may warrant removal from the parade.

Bands/Marching/Walking Units

  • All marching, walking, or dancing units must maintain forward motion. Routines that cause gaps will not be permitted. Units may not stop forward motion for performances except in the areas designated by the parade officials. This stop may not exceed 90 seconds. Stopping or reversing the motion will result in removal from the parade and will jeopardize future participation. Only patriotic theme music will be allowed.
  • If, for any reason, a gap of greater than 50 feet is created, marching units must increase their pace to close the gap.
  • All members, of any marching unit, should be at least 10 years old. Participants must be suitably costumed. Walking groups must be dressed in uniform, that easily identifies walkers, as a part of the same group.
  • No vehicle may accompany marching units without written approval. 

Kings and Queens

Kings/Queens from any Elementary, Jr. High, High School, College, or recognized pageant will be considered for the parade at the discretion of the parade officials.

  • Kings and Queens from the same school must ride in the same vehicle.
  • Kings and Queens are required to furnish their own vehicles and the driver must be at least 18 years old as noted previously.
  • A maximum of 2 persons per vehicle (driver excluded).
  • Signage must be neat and look professional.

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**** Waiver of Lability**** I hereby understand that the City of Madison, parade committee, its officers and directors are not responsible for any injuries of my group representatives. I will forever discharge any and all claims, liabilities, and possible causes of action that may lead to injuries, loss or even death of any participates of my group participating in the Hometown USA Parade. All minors under the age of 18 must have a parent signature to participate.
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By selecting the "I Accept" button, you are signing this application electronically. You agree your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your handwritten signature on this application.**
If under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must sign. By selecting the "I Accept" button, you, as the guardian, are signing this application electronically. You agree your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your handwritten signature. 
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