All units must be pre-registered and include a description of their entry. Pre-registration also includes providing the name and mobile phone number of the “Responsible Person” concerning the parade entry. The Responsible Person is required to be familiar with these parade rules and regulations, is responsible for the entry’s adherence to them, and be on-site with the parade entry on the day of the parade.
All participants must abide by all rules and regulations. If you have special concerns, please email the Chamber office.
Parade entries must be decorated to the festival theme -- the 2014 theme is “Pumpkins of the West.”
No weapons or items resembling a weapon. If you are in doubt about whether something is a weapon or resembles a weapon, please do not bring it to the parade. With our Western theme you may be inclined to bring toy guns and rifles. Please refrain from doing so. If you bring such items, you will be kindly asked to put the items away during the parade.
Float entries must be on a hayrack or flatbed trailer.
All walkers must be 8 years old or older. Younger children can safely ride on floats or be pushed/pulled in strollers or wagons accompanied by an adult. For safety, please make sure walkers stay a safe distance from vehicles and floats at all times.
Entries must keep their unit moving along the parade route and must keep a distance of no more than 30 feet between their unit and the entry in front of them.
No literature may be distributed.
Candy or toys may be distributed as follows:
-No candy or toys can be thrown from a float, car, truck, or tractor.
-Candy or toys may be thrown into the crowd by people walking alongside an entry.
-Walkers must be a minimum of 5’ away from an entry when throwing candy or toys.
-Entries should not stop along the route for candy/toy throwers to refill their containers.
Antique and custom vehicles may enter individually or as part of a group with a limit of 5 vehicles for any one group. Antique tractors pulling a float will be counted as part of the float entry.
Marching/Walking units are limited to:
▪ Morton Boy Scout or Girl Scout Club
▪ Marching Band
▪ Flag or Rifle Corp
▪ Military/Veteran’s organization
▪ Politicians, as noted by rules regarding political entries
Semi units are not permitted in the parade.
Animal units are required to have their own cleanup system and/or crew.
Commercial Vehicles may enter the parade if they are:
-Pulling a float decorated to festival theme.
-Being used by a non-profit Morton organization and are decorated to festival theme.
-Being used by approved dignitary.
Area politicians may enter as a separate unit or may ride on the float/entry for their party. This includes State Senators, State Representatives, Judges, Regional/County offices, and local offices.
Parade officials reserve the right to restrict, limit, or reject (at any time including during the parade) any entry that in the sole determination of parade officials is inflammatory, controversial, and/or upsetting, or does not abide by the rules and regulations.
Parade officials will welcome and visit with parade entries and its Responsible Person during the staging of the parade in order to promote compliance with these rules and regulations. We please ask for your cooperation in making the parade enjoyable for all concerned.
BE SAFE AND ENJOY THE PARADE!