City of Antioch 4th of July Parade Entry Application

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Parade Information/Rules:

Application and signed waiver must be received by JUNE 23rd. Late entries will NOT be accepted. No registrations will be accepted on the day of the event. There is no entry fee; participation is free.
Parade participants will gather at the lot at E Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets (Beede Lumberyard). Participant check-in opens at 2:00pm; participants must arrive no later than 3:00pm to be in the parade. Parade steps off at 4:00pm and travels along 2nd Street to I Street, to 3rd Street, ending back at the lumberyard. Once the parade begins, those out of place will be positioned at the end of the parade.
Each entry must have a sign identifying the group or a title of the entry.
If you will include music, ensure it is family-friendly. No vulgar or offensive music or sounds.
Awards will be given for first place in each category: Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Best Performance, and Best Vehicle (2nd and 3rd place will also be given in the Vehicle category). Judging will be done by committee for each category.
Judging will take place on 2nd Street, across from City Hall. Performances at the judging area may not be longer than 90 seconds.
Winners will be announced at the entertainment stage at approximately 7:00pm.
The City of Antioch is committed to providing a safe, family-friendly environment where all people are treated with kindness and respect. We ask all participants to adhere to these guidelines.
Entries must follow the theme and intent of an Independence Day Parade celebration. Political statements are discouraged. Participants will be expected to adhere to directions by parade officials and are required to designate 2 individuals who will receive instruction from Antioch Recreation staff to walk along each entry ensuring adherence to safety rules.
Any vulgar, offensive, or sexually explicit materials/themes/lyrics are not allowed.
For the safety of the spectators and the parade participants, it is not permissible to throw, discard, or spray objects from your unit on the parade route. Participants may hand out giveaway items while walking near the spectators, but items may not be thrown from a moving vehicle. Participants throwing items may be removed from the parade and may be banned from future parades. In addition, the following requirements must be adhered to by all parade participants:
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Helmets and safety gear are required for everyone riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and motorcycles.
Do not invite spectators to approach a moving vehicle/parade entry during the parade.
The following items are NOT ALLOWED: water guns, drones, motorized scooters/skateboards, or remote-controlled vehicles/airplanes.
Participants must always be in full control of animals and vehicles (of all types). No revving of engines for any motorized vehicles. Participants are responsible for cleaning up after animals.
We ask that you be mindful of the pace of the parade and keep pace in the parade.
The weather is typically very warm. Please be prepared for the heat by staying hydrated and using sunscreen. If you are bringing a pet, it must be on a leash. It is not recommended dogs walk the parade route on hot asphalt.
Please print a copy of this information and provide it to everyone in your group that will be involved on parade day.
City of Antioch Contact Information:

Please direct inquiries to: or (925) 776-3050.

* Must have someone in your group clean up after any animals.

** In-route performances are limited to 90 seconds each and 2 times during the parade route: once at the judge’s table on 2nd Street and once at 3rd/H Street.

Explain more about the elements of your parade entry. Include anticipated number of people participating, number/type(s) of animals, type(s) of vehicles, etc.
Write a very brief description for the announcers to read as you are moving past the judging area. The announcer has less than 15 seconds to read this announcement, so tell who you are, where you are located and what you do or what services you provide.
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