Our Mini Parade Float Contest last year was a great success! And this year, we’re taking things up a notch with some awesome additions.
As always, our priority is safety as this is a parade geared towards children, which is why the parade has never allowed vehicles except to play music for dancing participants. New this year, in order to inspire more creativity in the float contest, we are allowing small, ride-on lawnmowers (with horsepower around 24-28) to pull mini-floats. Participants will automatically be considered for the contest as long as they have something decorated that they are pushing or pulling that has wheels – strollers, hand-pulled wagons, shopping carts, and now small ride-on lawnmowers. We invite and encourage all creative ideas for designing your mini float!
Also new this year, a parade after-party will be held in the amphitheater next to Heights Church at the corner of Grandin and Memorial. After the parade, the floats will line up in the first block of Grandin (the street will still be closed to vehicular traffic.) Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite float until 1:15pm. Marching bands and other arts organizations will provide entertainment during the after-party and Santa will be greeting the children as soon as the parade is done. The trophies will be awarded at 1:30 pm in the amphitheater.
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