In 2016, Myron Bowling Auctioneers, INC. was awarded the Best Float Award in Montgomery’s annual Independence Day Parade.

Strike up the band, put marching shoes on, design a float or decorate classic cars in patriotic fashion for Montgomery’s long-time tradition. The annual Independence Day Parade is set for Thursday, July 4.

Residents, neighborhood associations, and local businesses are invited to be a part of Montgomery’s Independence Day Celebration, a day filled with patriotism, community pride, and memories that will last a lifetime. Applications for parade entries are due no later than Friday, June 14.

Parade entries will assemble at designated locations on Cooper Road beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the official parade kick-off starting at 10:00 a.m. The parade route runs east along Cooper Road from the Junior High to Montgomery Road and then north to Schoolhouse Lane.

For more information or questions, please contact Recreation Specialist Sarah Fink at 792-8317 or by email at sfink@montgomeryohio.org.

Application Form

Independence Day Parade Application - 2019

Parade entries will be judged in the following categories: Best Overall, Best Patriotic Spirit, Best Float/Vehicle. The Judging Criteria will be based on the following: Overall appearance, crowd appeal & uniqueness, and originality. Awards will be announced after the parade by social media and press release.

Rules and Regulations

The applicant shall be responsible for the conduct of all of its participants and agrees to notify ALL participants of these rules and regulations.

Entries having children under age 18 must provide parents or other adult chaperones to walk alongside and supervise.

A maximum of 80 units, including a limit of 8 political units, will be allowed in the parade.

Line Up

The parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. Due to the size of the parade and traffic limitations, parade entries should arrive by 8:30 a.m. Walking units should be in position, assembled and ready to go by 9:30 a.m. If entries are not in place by the time in which they are assigned, they may lose their spot in the parade. Changes may not be made to the parade unit without prior approval from the Event Staff.

The City of Montgomery Independence Day Parade will have a maximum of 80 parade units and of that 80 a maximum of 8 political units participating in the parade.

Animals

Units having animals must maintain control of them at all times. All animals must have updated vaccinations, be in good health and able to cope with crowds and other animals. The City of Montgomery is NOT responsible for cleaning up after animals. You must provide someone to clean up immediately, if necessary, after the animal.

Parade Route

All parade participants are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous manner.

All automobiles must be driven by a licensed vehicle operator.

• During the parade, the driver must maintain 20 feet – 30 feet (2-3 car lengths) from the preceding unit.

Hard Candy may be tossed, not thrown or flung, from cars, floats or moving vehicles. It is preferred that candy be handed out at the curb by walking along the parade route next to spectators. It is very dangerous for spectators to run into the street for candy or other hand-outs.

No firearms shall be fired, and no open flames allowed.

No parade entries will be permitted to discharge firecrackers, caps, blanks, incendiary devices or other equipment that might startle or excite animals in the parade.

All floats must have a fire extinguisher.

NO alcoholic beverages in staging area or on any parade entry at any time before or during the parade. Bottled water and cans of soda are permitted.

For safety reasons, no one may step on or off a float or any motorized unit until it is at a COMPLETE stop. NO one is allowed to ride on a running board, hood, roof or vehicle fender.

All entries must complete the entire route.

Although the parade ends at Schoolhouse Lane, motorized units MAY NOT STOP and must continue along Schoolhouse Lane to keep the parade moving. Disembarkment is on Jolain Drive or Shelldale Way, off of Tollgate Lane.

Parade Movement

The continuity and movement of the parade is considered of paramount importance for the enjoyment of the event. As such, parade organizers have elected to make the patriotic parade a FORWARD MOTION PARADE. Therefore, all entries must always continue in a forward motion. No units may stop to perform or address the crowds anywhere along the parade route unless your unit is specifically notified to stop by a parade official.

Judging

Judging will take place during the parade. Awards will be announced after the parade by social media and press release. Contracted entries may not be eligible for prize awards.

Parking Cars That Are Not In The Parade

If you have cars that ARE NOT in the parade route, YOU need to park on side streets. NO PARKING AT SYCAMORE JUNIOR HIGH, OR ON DELRAY (This is reserved for large vehicles in the parade). Cooper Lane is a close option. Parade participants are to be dropped off at the front of the staging areas. No turnarounds will be permitted in the staging lots.

Toilet Facilities

Toilet facilities are available at the Junior High inside by the auditorium (west side of the school building).

Weather and Water

To help avoid the heat we will be starting the parade at 10:00 a.m. Please don’t forget to bring water for your entry team and hand misters if needed. The parade will go on rain or shine so be prepared for anything.

Violation of Rules and Regulations

Anyone that violates any part of above rules and regulations will first be given a verbal or written warning and, upon a second such violation, may be asked to leave the parade. The City of Montgomery has the right to remove any parade unit from the line-up at their sole discretion.

By signing the entry application you have agreed to the following.

I/we acknowledge that I/we have read and understand the parade rules and regulations. I/we understand that any violation may result in removal from the parade and possible denial of entry in future parades. The City of Montgomery will NOT be responsible for any injury, damage or loss that may occur to any person, animal or equipment belonging to entrant, or which may be caused by entrant, it’s agents, servants, or employees to any other person or property and entrant hereby agrees to protect, indemnify, and hold harmless the City of Montgomery, it’s agents, servants, and employees harmless from any claim or damage which may be asserted for loss of, or damage to, any property whatsoever, or for personal injury to or death of any person caused by or contributed to in any way by entrant. Return of this signed application shall be deemed acceptance of this provision.

For the purpose of participating in the City of Montgomery Fourth of July Parade, I (we) do hereby discharge the City of Montgomery from all actions, suits, debts, claims and demands of any kind, for any injuries sustained by me or anyone in our group, or for any losses or property damage which may occur arising out of our participation in the parade. Furthermore, I (we) agree to abide by all parade rules. Decisions by the City of Montgomery are final and binding.

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