Parade Information and Policies
On this page you will find the parade information and policies you need to read prior to signing your parade entry
- General Parade Participant Rules
- Entry Selection Criteria
- Types of Entries Considered For The Rose, White & Blue Parade
- Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability
- Photography - Image Release
- The Rose, White & Blue 4th of July Parade and Festival policies regarding politics, religion and other issues of social concern.
General Parade Participation Rules
Entry Selection Criteria
The following is a list of rules and guidelines that have been set forth to insure the smooth operation of the Rose, White & Blue 4th of July Parade.
This parade is a community celebration and intended to be fun for all; therefore, we want to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and spectators.
All participants MUST follow these rules and guidelines. Participants found to be in violation of these rules and guidelines will be removed from the parade line-up by Parade Officials who will be stationed along the parade route.
Parade personnel will be identified by specially marked t-shirts that identify them as ‘Parade Staff’ members. If there are any questions or problems, please contact one of our helpful parade volunteers. Additionally, Parade personnel are available at the Staging Check-in Booth at the Lincoln High School parking lot and at the Information Booth at the Festival area located at Westminster Presbyterian Church at the corner of Shasta Avenue and The Alameda.
A “Parade Check-In” table will be located at the Lincoln High School parking lot, located at 555 Dana Ave., San José. Someone from your group must check in to obtain your unit number. Bring tape or ribbon to attach your number to your entry in a location that is visible to the Parade Announcers and Judges, preferably front passenger side.
The Parade always takes place, rain or shine. Only a significant act of nature will cancel the parade, of which all units would be notified.
If for some unforeseen reason your unit is not able to participate in the parade after being accepted, please contact the Parade Manager, Dave Thomas, no less than three days in advance.
Any accepted entry that does not appear on parade day without proper prior notification to the Parade Master may not receive future invitations to participate in the parade.
Ambulance vehicles, tow trucks, and police will be available to report to the parade route as needed by calling 9-1-1.
This is a family event meant to foster community; therefore, entries must not include any questionable signage, clothing, movements or decorations that may be offensive to any individual or child. Please use good judgment!
Participant Age Restrictions:
There must be a least one adult escort for every six children under the age of 13 years.
Participant parking is located on surface streets outside the event staging area. There will be NO PARKING in the staging area(s). Participants arriving in private vehicles must unload outside the staging area and walk into the staging area for registration.
Portable restroom facilities are available in the staging area and at the Festival area.
Supplies & Equipment:
Automotive Vehicle Drivers:
Motorcycle, Motorized Scooter & Motorized Bicycle Drivers:
Bicyclists & Skateboarders:
ALL parade entries are by invitation only and subject to approval by the Rose, White and Blue Parade committee. All units are encouraged to adopt the Rose, White and Blue Parade theme OR a patriotic theme in their entry. Units should be memorable and can be inspirational, educational, or entertaining.
Types of Entries Considered
Color Guard Units:
School, Military, Veterans/Auxiliary, ROTC/JROTC and other novelty/specialty units. Unit members are encouraged to be in uniform.
Floats are welcomed. See Special Rules and Guidelines for Floats for additional information regarding float requirements and safety regulations. Note: Any vehicle that has been approved by parade staff to accompany a Float entry that is decorated must carry a current dated 2A10BC fire extinguisher.
Marching Musical Units:
School Bands, Drum Corps, Bagpipe, Bugle, Military and Independent Bands. Unit members are encouraged to be in uniform.
Military Units, ROTC/JROTC Drill Teams, School Drill Teams, Veterans/Auxiliary Units, Scouting Units and other novelty/specialty units. Unit members are encouraged to be in uniform.
Dance Teams, Baton Corps, Martial Arts Schools, Clowns, etc.
Tricycles, Wagons & Bicycles are encouraged to decorate their human-powered vehicles prior to the parade. The Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association provides a decorating station and decorations at the parade staging area.
Vehicles considered for entry should be antique or unique and/or decorated. The number of vehicles permitted in the parade will be restricted.
The type of vehicle must be listed and approval by parade organizers—please submit a completed ‘Automotive Vehicle Addendum’ with your application. Commercial business vehicles such as vans, trucks and trailers must be legal for street use. Entries requiring vehicles to carry sound systems must notify parade organizers on the application. No persons will be allowed to ride on the outside of the vehicle. Vehicles must be clean. (Exception: Vehicles entered as a ‘Neighborhood Blight Car.’) In order to be eligible for judging and an award, both the driver and any passengers are required be dressed in period costume(s) to match the vehicle's year of manufacture, and have the price of a gallon of regular gasoline from that year posted on the windshield. Also, playing music from the era over loud speakers is highly encouraged!!
Note: Any vehicle that has been approved by parade staff to accompany a Float entry that is decorated must carry a current dated 2A10BC fire extinguisher.
Motorcycles, Motorized Scooters & Motorized Bicycles:
Vehicles considered for entry should be antique or unique and/or decorated. The number of vehicles permitted in the parade will be restricted. The type of vehicle must be listed and approval by parade organizers--please submit a completed ‘Motorcycle, Motorized Scooter & Motorized Bicycle Addendum’ with your application. Vehicles must be clean. Drivers and passengers must wear proper safety equipment, including a helmet, at all times while participating in the parade
Assumption of the Risk and Release of Liability