SAN CARLOS HOMETOWN DAYS PARADE!

Must receive by May 1st

  • A completed Hometown Days Parade Participation Form
  • Your payment via PayPal through our website
  • Reservations cancelled after May 15th will not receive a refund.

This year’s theme: Hometown Days: A homegrown fest that beats the rest!

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Judges’ Awards

Grand Sweepstakes – Perpetual Trophy
Best Overall Entry………………..…….$200

Theme Representation Award
Best Pre-School………………….…….$100
Best Elementary School……………….$100
Best Middle School…………………….$100
Best High School Band……………..…$200

Float, Amateur
Float, professional
Color guard
Novelty
Miscellaneous, Single
Miscellaneous, Group
Walking Group, Adult
Walking Group, Children

Walking Group, Children and Adults
Dance Group
Decorated Vehicle, Amateur
Decorated Vehicle, Commercial
Antique Vehicle, Single
Antique Vehicle, Group

 


RULES
Please read this material carefully and share them with the participants in your group.

  • An adult must accompany participants under the age of 6 years.
  • All floats should carry a fire extinguisher and provide hand supports or barriers for those riding on the float.
  • Parade participants should not sit on the sides or tailgates of vehicles.
  • Groups may hand out items to the audience along the parade route, but throwing of objects is STRICTLY PROHIBITED!
  • Walking groups are encouraged to walk in an orderly fashion.
  • Please be considerate of residents along the parade route.
  • Entries that include small children should provide wagons, strollers or carry them if they become tired.
  • The parade goes on rain or shine as well as sun or heat! Be prepared for any type of weather.
  • Be sure to have lots of water on hand for the marchers in your group!

AWARDS
Parade winners will be posted and awards will be available for pick-up, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Hometown Days Information Booth in Burton Park.

  • Each participant will receive a Hometown Days ribbon.
  • Each category will be awarded a first place plaque and a second place rosette.
  • A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the Grand Sweepstakes winner, in addition to being given recognition on a Perpetual Trophy.
  • A $100 cash prize each will be awarded to the Pre-School, Elementary and Middle School entries with the best theme representation.
  • A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the Best High School Band Entry.

ENTERING THE PARADE AREA
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  • FOR PEDESTRIANS MARCHING IN THE PARADE – Access to the Cedar Street staging area is located at the Arroyo Street police barrier. (See map)
  • FOR CARS DRIVING IN THE PARADE – Access to the Cedar Street staging area is located at the police barrier at Cedar Street and Arroyo. You may enter from the South going North on Cedar Street ONLY! (See map)
  • FOR BIG VEHICLES DRIVING IN THE PARADE – Lineup is along Cedar Street immediately South of Orange Avenue. The ONLY access will be from the intersection of Arroyo Street and Cedar Street traveling North on Cedar. (See map)
  • Parade participants should be DROPPED OFF IN THE DESIGNATED AREA ON ARROYO STREET ON THE CORNER OF CEDAR STREET and walk in to find their group. The only vehicles allowed to enter the lineup area will be those that are part of the parade.

PARKING
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Parking is not available on the Central School playground. Alternative parking is available in the Central School front parking lot (Arroyo Street), the San Carlos Library underground parking lot (enter on Walnut Street near Elm Street) or on ALL neighboring side streets. Allow enough time to park extra vehicles and walk to find your group. PLEASE NOTE THAT CEDAR STREET (FROM ORANGE AVENUE TO ARROYO AVENUE) WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC OTHER THAN PARADE PARTICIPANTS AND PARADE STAFF FROM 7:00 a.m. TO 12:30 p.m. This section of Cedar Street will also be closed to on-street parking as well.

CHECK-IN
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Be prepared to show your lineup information to Hometown Days Parade Chair or Volunteers. Walking groups assemble at Central School on Cedar Street.

LINEUP
Division I – 9:00 a.m.
Division II – 9:15 a.m.   

Your group or vehicle will lineup on Cedar Street according to your division and parade position number. A parade marshal (IDENTIFIED BY STRAW HAT AND ROYAL BLUE T-SHIRT) will direct you when and where to enter the main body of the parade. You will have an assigned position and parade number. Ribbons will be distributed by a Hometown Days Volunteer.

PARADE ROUTE
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THE PARADE WILL STEP OFF AT PRECISELY 9:45 a.m.

Hometown Days Parade is a walking parade. We hope to have a constant flow and forward motion during the duration. Do not stop in front of the judges stand in order to perform. Maintain a length of three feet behind the group in front of you. If you have a mechanical failure, please move your vehicle to the side of the road so that other groups can pass by. If your group consists of several vehicles, maintain a distance of one and one-half car lengths between them. Parade numbers are to be worn on the upper right arm of the first person marching on the right-hand side of your group. The number should face front. If you are driving a vehicle, the number on the car should be displayed in the upper right-hand front window. This number is extremely important. Please do not exchange it with anyone. It is the only way you are identifiable to announcers and judges. ALL ENTRIES ARE ASKED TO COMPLETE THE PARADE BY TURNING RIGHT ON CEDAR STREET IN THE END AND DISBANDING NEAR THE STAGING AREA WHERE YOU BEGAN.

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