All entries are subject to approval by a Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Representative.
The theme is: Happy Birthday, Freedom Festival!
ALL VEHICLES MUST BE DECORATED.
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 isNOT 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 immediately following the Parade at NewBo City Market, at the stage.
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).