Kickoff: The Parade will step off on Sunday October 15, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. Entries will be placed in order of receipt, with the exception of grand marshals sponsors and special guests. Parade order, staging setup, and all other information will be emailed to all registered entrants after September 22, 2017.
Parade Representatives: Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. (APC) is requesting that each group designate one person as their “parade representative”. The parade representative will help with coordination of vehicle/group setup and controlling the flow of their float/group during the parade. Parade representatives will report to parade check-in for entry verification on October 15, 2017.
New Parade Participants…at least one representative associated with the parade entry must attend the mandatory Parade Information Sessions to be held in the Event Room at the Phillip Rush Center (1530 Dekalb Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307) at 6:30 p.m. on August 03, 2017. Failure to attend could result in the loss of the parade entry with no refunds being given.
Signs/Banners/Logos: Entries onsite must reflect the application as filed with APC. No other group or business may be promoted on a banner/sign/logo without written permission from APC. If participant has not received written permission, APC reserves the right to remove any entry that represents any for-profit endeavour other than what is listed on the participants application. Parade spaces may not be sold or “sublet” without written permission by APC.
Vehicles: Any person operating a vehicle in the Parade whether powered, self powered, or non-powered does so at his or her own risk, bearing all liability for any and all damages or loss of personal property and / or any personal injuries sustained to themselves or other person(s). Vehicle operator hereby waives any and all claims and or defenses it may have against the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. of whatever kind or nature as a result of the his or her independent use of such vehicle. Further it shall be required of the person operating such vehicle to maintain, and hereby acknowledges adequate and sufficient insurance coverage to indemnify himself and the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. from any and all damages and or loss to property in addition to any and all personal injuries, of whatever kind or severity, to the vehicle operator or any other person who is injured as a result of the use of such vehicle.
Marchers: Anyone wishing to walk in the parade must be registered to be included in the line-up.
Etiquette: The Atlanta Pride Parade is for the entire community, so please remember there are children on the parade route. Please do not stop on the parade route. Please listen to all information and follow all directions of the volunteers during parade assembly, the execution of the parade, and parade disassembly. The parade volunteers are there for your safety and security. Please keep a safe distance between your group and others, but not so far as to slow the progress of the Parade. No articles of any kind may be thrown.
Disclaimer: The Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. hereby absolves any liability arising from use of floats in the Atlanta Pride Committee parade or any activities in association with APC. In accordance to City, State, and Federal Laws, no alcoholic beverages will be allowed during any portion of the Pride parade event on October 9, 2016. In addition, no person under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be allowed to operate a motor vehicle during the Pride parade. APC reserves the right to remove, including but not limited to, any person, motorized or un-motorized vehicle, conveyance, float, or participant(s) for any activity deemed unsafe, violation of any rules contained herein, or action or inaction that may cause any delay to the progress of the parade. APC attempts to accommodate all requests for Parade placement, however Parade placement of participants is at the sole discretion of APC and such placements are final.
Security: Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety, and standard vehicle insurance requirements.
Floats: The Atlanta Pride Committee would like to encourage groups to showcase their organization/business through a float. It is the one time of the year you can promote yourselves in front of the entire community. You may be surprised at the interest and excitement an entry in the Pride Parade can give to your organization. All cars and vehicles must be registered as floats. A vehicle pulling a float is considered one (1) float. More information about floats is listed below.
Float Information: Float Dimensions may not exceed: 12’ wide X 25’ long X 12’ high (street to highest point)
• No articles of any kind may be thrown from the float
• No one may enter or exit the float once the float is in motion on the parade route
• Trailers must be towed by an accompanying vehicle and have a turning radius of not less than 90º
• A fire extinguisher must be on board each float/vehicle
• All sound systems must be self powered and must meet city codes for amplification standards
• Names of the sponsoring business or organization should appear on the float for judging
• Each organization must provide applicable insurance for each float/vehicle entered
• Failure to comply with these standards will result in the disqualification of the float and possible removal from the parade
• All motorcycle riders MUST wear a helmet
Please follow the instructions below if you choose to have your float judged in the Parade Contest. Floats for businesses and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations will be judged based on the following criteria:
Visual effect 30%
Pride “Ambiance”* 40%
* There is no official theme for the 2017 Pride Celebration. Instead of adherence to a specific theme, Parade entries will be judged on how well they convey a sense of pride in themselves and being a part of the GLBTQ community.
Cancellations / Refund Policy: A 75% refund will be given with a written request received by May 15, 2017. A 50% refund will be given with a written request received between May 16 and August 31, 2017. No refunds will be given for any request received after August 31, 2017.
I have read and understand the disclaimer under “General Information,” and “Parade Float Information” and the contents herein are incorporated by reference.