June 15 - July 4, 2017
Cedar Rapids

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Parade Entry Form

July 1st, 10AM

Rules and Guidelines for Parade Participants

  • All entries are subject to approval by a Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Representative.
  • The theme is Red, White and Blue / Patriotic.
  • All entries must provide their own identification, signs, etc.
  • The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival will issue a parade number in the staging area to be adequately identified by the judges and spectators.
  • By submitting this Entry Form, you agree to release the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival and our sponsors from liability for any injuries or damage that may occur (a) to any participant in your entry; and, (b) as a result of actions by any participant or component or portion of your entry.
  • All participants must obey Parade Marshals at all times.
  • Candy may be passed out to spectators on roadsides, hand-to-hand ONLY. For safety reasons, throwing candy or other objects into the crowd is NOT PERMITTED.
  • No littering or discarding of decorations or other materials on public streets or private property, including dumpsters.
  • The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival has been granted a permit allowing live animal entries in the parade. No special requirements are in place, however should air temperatures be extreme at parade time, we may be required to remove certain animals from parade participation. Please be certain all animals are current on their vaccinations and are wearing appropriate tags if applicable; and, provide ample fresh water for your animal(s). Also, please be prepared to immediately collect from the parade route any feces generated by your animal(s).
  • Any violation of parade rules will result in immediate removal from the parade and any future participation.

All parade entries will be judged, and awards will be handed out at 2:00PM at the NewBo City Market stage.

  • Judges' Choice
  • Best Use of American Pride
  • The Leonard Pfeifer Award-Best Original Float (Pfeifer was the legendary Czech Heritage float creator. We have dedicated the Best Original Float award in his honor).
  • Best Animal Unit
  • Best Walking Unit

Thank you for your interest in the parade, we are full for this year. We hope to see you down to watch the 2017 Freedom Festival Parade!