Parade Rules

All participants should download and review the following pdf document with specific parade-related rules and regulations: Participant Rules & Regulations.

Here are some additional points to consider:

You may toss candy to spectators.  No other item is permitted to be distributed without the prior approval of the Parade Coordinator.

Vehicles – For safety reasons, no smoking of tires, burning rubber, reckless driving, etc.

Prominently display your unit number at all times. Vehicles should display their unit number on the front driver’s side window (low enough not to impair driver vision) or on driver’s side door.  This is particularly important at three points along the parade route:

1) at the staging area where the Parade begins.

2) around Chartley Drive or Walgrove Road where there will be a "Spotter" looking for your displayed assigned unit number.  (This ensures that your unit’s announcement is read in the correct order at the Reviewing / Judges stand.  If you fail to show your unit number at this point you "MAY" be disqualified from any trophies or awards.) and

3) at the Reviewing/Judges stand.  The Reviewing/Judges stand will be on your left near the traffic light at Hannah More Park.

All participants should go fully to the end of the route to the light at Reisterstown Shopping Center/Franklin High School so as not to disrupt the flow of other parade units.  (The Parade does not end at McDonalds!)  Anyone who stops or disbands before the end MAY be disqualified from trophies or awards. 

Please listen/watch out for Parade personnel at the end of the Parade route to help them direct you in keeping the area clear for other participants .

Please do not stop in front of the Judges / Reviewing stand for any reason, special performance, etc..  All Parade performances must be done while still moving forward as you normally would along the parade route.  Stopping to perform will disqualify you from any awards.

Local officials and candidates for office are welcome to participate the parade following a set of procedures designed to ensure that no preferential treatment is given these participants over any other participants. Assignment of parade order is based on the order of Candidates on a voting ballot: highest position to most local office. Officials/Candidates or their designees should contact the Parade Coordinator at for more specific information.