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2019 4th of July Parade Application

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2019 4th of July Parade. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

Once your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions to pay your entry fee. Do Not submit payment prior to application approval. 

2019 Rules and Regulations - NEW
Please be adv
ised, the Fourth of July Parade is an entertainment event, produced by the City of Fort Collins, designed to appeal to families and to bring the community together.  The City is taking applications from groups who would like to participate, and will select the groups that will best represent the City’s intended theme and message for the parade. As the parade producer, the City of Fort Collins reserves the right to make decisions at its sole discretion as to the content, design and participants selected to appear in the parade in order to meet the City’s goals for the event. As a component of the parade, some of the parade units will honor the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community. The parade will not be a forum for intolerance or controversial messages or statements.  Public streets and sidewalks around the parade route will be available as alternative forums for public speech during the parade, subject to applicable laws. 

The following rules and regulations apply to all groups selected to participate in the parade:
  1. All groups must participate throughout the entire paradeunless an exceptions is requested in this application and granted in advance by the parade producer.
  2. All participants must have decoration related to Independence Day/Fourth of July (red/white/blue, stars and stripes, etc.).
  3. All participants must be able to complete a two-mile route within a one-hour time span.
  4. The use of music is allowed, but all music must be pre-approved by the parade producers to avoid duplication of music selections.
  5. The content and costuming of all units and participants must be appropriate for a family audience.
  6. Nothing (including candy, gifts or printed materials) may be thrown during the parade, though items may be handed out. For safety reasons, all hand-outs must be pre-approved by the parade producers.
  7. The only signage or banners that will be permitted in the parade will be sponsor signage on floats and a unit banner preceding every parade unit. The unit banners will be designed, professionally produced and provided by the parade.
  8. Units that include animals will be considered for participation only if the animals are trained and can be safely controlled under parade conditions. Units with horses, dogs or other animals must provide their own sanitation helpers to follow the unit and provide clean-up along the route as well as in the staging area.
  9. The Staging Area is designated as a Quiet Zone and should be treated as such prior to the event.
  10. Walking units are limited to 40 people.
  11. All individuals participating in the parade must sign the hold harmless and liability waiver when checking in for the parade.