- Entries must be decorated and reflect the theme “The Songs of Christmas.” Please refrain from being predominately commercial in nature.
- Entries are encouraged to display the name of the organization and/or business.
- NO dressing in Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus costumes permitted. (The parade committee selects “official” Santa for the final float). Santa hats are permitted.
- Absolutely NO items may be handed out! This includes but is not limited to: candy, beads, toys and pamphlets.
- Your entry will be provided a division number card that must be clearly displayed on the LEFT SIDE of the parade route in order for the judges to identify your group.
- Each entry must provide at least two adult supervisors to walk the parade route.
- Children 14 and under are prohibited from walking alongside moving parade floats, vehicles and other motorized units.
- Maximum Float Dimensions – Height 12’ , Width 10’, Length 40’ (not to exceed 40’)
- Vehicle entries are required to carry a five pound/3A40BC fire extinguisher. Available for purchase at any hardware store.
- Any single-unit truck (no trailer) should not exceed 40ft in length. Any combination vehicle (power unit plus trailer) which is connected using a pintle-hook or ball hitch system should not exceed 40 ft in length as measured from the forward most vehicle component to the rearmost component of the trailer.
- Any combination vehicle which is connected using a fifth-wheel assembly should not exceed 40 ft in length as measured from the forward most vehicle component to the rearmost component of the trailer.
- No low-boy type equipment trailers (due to extensive length and low ground clearance).
- No protruding outrigger wheels or other appendages that might snare and injure bystanders.
- No unit, float or vehicle may make aggressive, abrupt or rapid movements at any point during the parade route. Demonstrations of maneuverability, horsepower, speed agility, etc is not permitted, to include law enforcement motorcycles, Shriner’s go-carts, modified trucks, race cars, etc.
- The use of Ipods, MP3 players, cell phones, camcorders, etc. is prohibited by all drivers during the parade.
- The use of sirens or horns is prohibited in the parade line-up and along the parade route.
- No vans, utility vehicles, etc. are permitted without tasteful Christmas decoration, or an attached float in accordance with the theme.
- No wreckers or dump trucks will be allowed as a parade entry.
- No propane trucks.
- Symbols that can be construed as offensive may not be permitted in the Parade. This includes, but is not limited to, the Confederate Flag and the Swastika.
- The Fredericksburg Christmas Parade is a family-friendly event for all ages, and every entry in the parade is expected to respect this. All costumes, outfits, behavior, attitude, language, and dance moves must be appropriate for a young audience and will be held to a high standard. Failure to comply may result in being asked to leave the parade immediately with no warning and may jeopardize a group’s approval to participate in following years. All decisions are at the discretion of Parade officials and are final.
- No Changes to your Entry: Your parade entry must arrive at the parade route as it is described on your entry form. No changes are permitted to your entry after the entry deadline. For example, if you describe your group as “walkers and no vehicle,” then you are not permitted to add a vehicle after the registration deadline. Any unauthorized changes or additions (including the addition of vehicles) to your entry may cause disqualification of your unit at the time of the Parade.
- Park horse trailers at VRE Lot or utilize commuter parking.
- Equestrian entries may not line up more than three horses/riders abreast.
- Poop Scooping:
- Four or fewer horses – must provide one costumed person equipped with scoop and container to clean up behind the horses.
- More than four horses – must provide two costumed persons equipped with scoop and container to clean up behind the horses. If the horses are “diapered”, costumed pooper-scoopers are not required.
Parade Line Up:
- Non-parade vehicles are not permitted into the staging areas. Groups should establish a meeting place outside of the parade divisions to meet and then walk to pre-assigned lineup division.
- Parents dropping off members of your float/entry should pre-arrange a meeting/drop off location outside of the parade route and then walk to pre-assigned lineup division.
- Line Up Times:
- Division 1 large vehicles – 3:30pm
- Division 2-5 large vehicles – 3:45pm
- All other entries – 4:15pm
- Line Up beginning on the right hand side of the street (ie 1-1 is on the right hand side of Caroline St – coming down the street – see parade map)
- Entries not in position by 5:00pm will not be allowed to participate and will forfeit their participation. Due to high volume traffic, we strongly recommend planning one hour extra time for arrival. If you haven’t reached your division by 5:00pm, you won’t make it in time for the parade start due to the crowds.
- Entries will not pause and/or stop to perform at any other location besides the judges booth on the parade route.
- Vehicles are only allowed to go straight, with the exception being in front of the Judge’s booth, which will be located on Princess Anne St.
- Entries will have 30 seconds to perform at the judges booth.
- Must stay within 20 feet of the entry in front of you.
- Walking entries may perform forward motion drills, dancing, etc. on the parade route as long as they continue to move forward down the street in a timely manner.
- Special attention is required as you turn left on Amelia Street and left again on Princess Anne Street.
- Vehicles should maintain a walking-pace speed.
- The parade route ends at the intersection of Princess Anne Street and Wolfe St.. Do not disembark at the parade end. Make a right onto Wolfe and move through the intersection, following police direction. Move to a non-traffic area beyond Wolfe Stree to disembark. A police officer will be on hand to direct traffic away from the parade route. Do NOT debate with the officers.
- First and foremost, we cannot stress enough how important carpooling is. We recommend if you are participating in the parade that you park at Dixon Park, Old Mill or Dorothy Hart Community Center and arrive to the lineup area as a group. Please obey all traffic laws. Street parking and City public parking lots are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Buses must park at Dixon Park or the VRE designated bus parking area and are NOT permitted in the parade line-up.
- Horse trailers must park at Dixon Park or the VRE Lot.
- If you park on the street, make sure you obey all posted signage and restrictions and do not block any driveways or alleys. Please do not park in any private parking lots unless you have express permission from the property owner to do so.
- Contracted towing companies, not the Police Department, are authorized to tow vehicles from most private lots. Towing is at the owners expense.
- Streets will close and towing will begin at the parking lot bound by Sophia St., Frederick St., & Caroline St. at 2:00 p.m. From around 4:00pm-5:20pm participants start arriving in designated time slots (provided at participant meeting in November) to their spots. See the parade map for street/lot closings.
- There will be no parking along the parade route and on some adjacent side streets beginning at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the parade.
- There will be signs in place to indicate the restrictions. The Police Department will have vehicles towed on Saturday afternoon that have not been removed from the street.
Drones are prohibited at the Fredericksburg Christmas Parade.
- In the event of inclement weather, the parade will continue as scheduled unless City Police and Fire deem the weather to be extreme and raise safety concerns. Your attendance in the event during inclement weather is at your discretion. However, if you choose NOT to attend, please email the Parade Committee by 2pm the day of the event so we can adjust.
- There will be no postponement or rescheduling of the parade.
- Your entry fee is non-refundable even in the event of a cancellation.
- It is also strongly recommended that you register for Fredericksburg Alert fredericksburgalert.com so that you receive weather related alerts and updates regarding the parade. We will not be notifying individual groups, we will be sending weather-related parade notices through Fredericksburg Alert.
- All entries will have 30 seconds to perform at the Judge’s stand. If the group stops longer than 30 seconds they will be disqualified.
- Be sure that your entry number is visible to the judges which will be located on the drivers’ side of the parade route. We do not have replacement entry numbers, so if you lose yours you will not be judged.
- Judging will be based on precision (for performing units), appearance, originality, attention to details, and incorporation of the parade theme.
- The Judging booth will be located on Princess Anne Street in front of the courthouse.
- We will tally up the judges points when the event ends and post the winners on the website no later than Monday.
Other important notes:
- The streets along the parade route and some adjacent side streets will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 2:00p.m. The roads will remain closed until city maintenance crews finish cleaning the route – all streets are expected to be open by 9 p.m.
- There will be portable restrooms at various locations around the parade route, and the permanent facilities will be available at the Visitor Center and at City Hall. Refer to the parade map for details.
- Use of alcoholic beverages by any and all parade participants is absolutely prohibited. Disregarding this rule will result in immediate removal from the parade. Violators will not be allowed to participate in any future City of Fredericksburg parade events.
- At the City of Fredericksburg’s discretion, an officer will be inspecting the floats checking volunteers, participants, and staff for alcohol and you will be removed immediately from the parade, without a refund, at the officer’s discretion.
- Information, Lost and Found and First Aid will be located by the judges booth.
- Please report problems to a Parade Marshal in your Division assembly area. Parade Marshals will be wearing safety vests.
- For safety reasons, the City has prohibited vendors within the parade footprint during the Fredericksburg Christmas Parade. No one is permitted to set up on the sidewalks nor on the streets anywhere in the parade footprint on parade day between the hours of 3:30pm – 9:00pm.
- Contact the Parade Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Lost and Found:
- A Parade Representative will be next to the judges stand to collect lost and found items.
- Children who are separated from their group will be taken to the judge’s stand.
- Adults who are separated will ALSO be taken to the judge’s stand.