Parade Entry Guidelines

General Guidelines


  • There are 2 available entry categories: floats & vehicles. See below for specific requirements of each category.
  • All entries must complete an application and liability waiver to participate in the parade. 
  • The individual who completes this parade application is responsible for their group’s participants.
  • Transportation to and from the staging and pick up location is the responsibility of the participants. 
  • All entries must promote the parade theme of "Christmas in a Galaxy Far, Far Away."
  • Parade Line-Up will be on first in, first out basis and will start at 7:30 AM. Line-Up will end at 9:30 AM.
  • All drivers must attend the Driver’s Safety Meeting at 10:30 AM in the parade staging area on parade date.
  • Absolutely NO stopping for dancing or distribution of any kind along the parade route. 
  • All special movements, acts, formation changes, or demonstrations will be performed while moving forward and at the speed necessary to maintain the specified intervals. Elements that do not follow the procedure will immediately be pulled out of the Parade and will disqualify themselves from consideration for future Parades.
  • No Santa’s or full Santa costumes. Our real Santa would be very jealous.
  • Parade participants must be dressed in holiday, festive attire.
  • Candy may be passed out by parade participants, but should not be thrown at the parade audience.
  • Parade will go on rain or shine. 
  • Portable Toilet facilities will be available for individuals at staging location.

Vehicle Entry Guidelines 


  • Vehicle entries are restricted to convertibles (five years old or newer), antique/classic cars (manufactured before 1990), or noticeably unique vehicles. 
  • Photo required with application. 
  • Corporate vehicles are not permitted unless they meet the above criteria.  
  • Vehicle entries do not require an identification banner, but should be decorated with a holiday spirit. Vehicles should be driven in a safe manner and adhere to Tennessee State Law (TCA).

Float Entry Guidelines 


  • Line-Up will be on first in, first out basis and will start at 7:30 AM. Line-Up will end at 9:30 AM.
  • All drivers must attend the Driver’s Safety Meeting at 10:30 AM in the parade staging area on parade date.
  • During Parade Line-Up ONLY the vehicle pulling the float will be allowed in staging area. NO EXTRA VEHICLES!
  • Drivers MUST stay with their floats at all times. Leaving a float/vehicle unattended is strictly prohibited.
  • Parade float and entries shall have a banner that identifies the group or organization.

Misc. Element Entries

All entrants are HIGHLY encouraged to have a float or vehicle as described above. However, groups will be permitted without a float. Examples of other permitted entries: football teams or cheer leading squads accompanied by a pickup truck, semi-trucks, 


  • All participants/entries must have a vehicle due to the length of the parade route.
  • All parade vehicles must be CLEAN, in good running condition, and no older than ten years.
  • Photo of vehicle required with application.
  • Vehicle MUST have an identifying banner for your organization.
  • Vehicles that fail to meet these standards are subject to immediate removal from the parade.
  • Vehicles should be driven in a safe manner and adhere to Tennessee State Law (TCA)

PARADE STAGING DROP-OFF


West Wilson Middle School (935 N. Mt. Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122)
All participants and floats should arrive at the staging area between 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM. If you arrive past 9:30 AM, you will not be allowed to participate in the parade.

PARADE END PICK-UP


Behind Mt. Juliet Middle School (3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122)
 All participants and floats will end the parade behind Mt. Juliet Middle School. After the parade is over, participants can be picked up behind Mt. Juliet Middle School in the area of Elzie Patton Elementary.