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2017 Parade Application

Thank you for applying to be part of the 2017 Ithaca Festival Parade!

Note: You must see a confirmation page and/or confirmation email before you can be sure that we have received your form!

Please review the following guidelines before participating in the 2017 Ithaca Festival Parade!

These guidelines have been developed in consultation with the Ithaca Police Department, which issues our Parade Permit, and are meant to support our mission and minimize risk of injury to Paraders (last year we had over 1,000 children and 1,200 adult participants) and onlookers (estimated at 8,500).

Our Mission is to bring entertainment, broadly defined, or enhance community awareness of those many causes, activities and quirks that are part of the Ithaca community. We encourage you to design your presentation based on our theme. The brighter and more festive you are, the more you will be noticed.

Politics and Politeness. Banners, signs, songs, etc. that positively advocate causes and issues are welcomed. However, we do not allow those that endorse specific candidates or political parties, that denigrate other persons or viewpoints, or that in the opinion of Parade organizers are designed to gather attention through negative reaction.

All vehicles MUST be Registered. All motorized vehicles and trailers attached to vehicles must be legally registered and licensed, unless you obtain a specific waiver from the Ithaca Police Department. IPD will not allow any unauthorized vehicles in the Parade.

Registration. The Fee for non-profits or community organizations is $30; for businesses it is $175. All groups are required to pay as part of the registration process. The registration fee will be refunded if your group provides volunteers to help with set-up/clean- up related to the Parade or other Ithaca Festival activities. These are shifts of not more than 3 hours. Non-profits are asked to provide one volunteer for each 20 members in their group; businesses are asked to provide at least 2 volunteers. Please provide the names and contacts for volunteers (or a volunteer coordinator) on the application form.

Thank you!

If you are a business, a $175 fee is required to participate in the parade. The fee for non-profits or community organizations is $30. We expect this non-refundable deposit at the time of application. If, for some reason, you are not accepted to participate in the parade, your application fee will be returned to you. You will be able to pay via Paypal after you submit this application. You may opt out of paying the registration fee by providing volunteers (one for each 20 participants from non-profits, a minimum of two from business groups) to help with setting up before or cleaning up after the parade, or during other parts of Ithaca Festival. Generally, each volunteer works 2-3 hours. Please provide the names and contacts for the volunteers or your volunteer coordinator at the time of registration.
Please provide the names and contacts for the volunteers or your volunteer coordinator at the time of registration if you are opting to provide volunteers in lieu of the parade application fee.
We want to know if you will be using a car, horse and wagon, anything motorized, or anything else. If it has a motor it must have a valid registration.