Parade rules

  1. Entrants must observe all applicable rules and regulations and follow instructions from police and parade officials or be barred from the parade. The Rotary Parade Committee reserve the right to remove any entrant from the parade either prior to assembly, while assembling or any time during the parade.
  2. Vehicles will not be allowed in the parade unless pulling a float or providing transportation for pageant entrants. Excepts will be considered for antique vehicles and other organized specialty car groups with prior approval.
  4. Forward movement maneuvers only by marching units are permitted. No units may stop forward motion for performances except in the areas designated by the Rotary Parade Committee. This stop may not exceed 90 seconds.
  5. A space of 50 feet between each unit will be enforced. All units are required to close gap between units when instructed by parade officials. Failure to do so may warrant removal from the parade.
  6. Alcoholic beverages are forbidden on any float, in any vehicle, or on the person of any participant. Participants consuming alcohol prior to or during the parade will be removed from the lineup. All city, county and NC State statues concerning the consumption of alcoholic beverages will be strictly enforced by the police before, during and after the parade.
  7. Drivers of any and all vehicles in the parade areas must possess a valid driver’s license, be at least 18 years old, and possess all liability vehicle insurance.
  8. Livestock, reptiles, wild and domestic animals shall not be in the parade unless special written approval by the Rotary Parade Committee is obtained. If approval is granted, all horses must have someone to clean up, if necessary, along the parade route.
  9. Use high intensity sound making devices is strongly discouraged. Sound of any type must be approved by the Rotary Parade Committee and must be at a compatible sound level. Only Christmas theme music will be allowed. Parade officials have the complete authority in this matter and reserve the right to withdraw any unit that does not comply with their instructions to turn down or turn off sound when instructed to do so. Failure to comply with the officials’ instructions will result in immediate removal from the parade and jeopardize future participation.
  10. The Rotary Parade Committee reserves the right to withdraw any unit of which costume or performance does not meet the Christmas parade rules and regulations or conform to the standards of reasonable public taste and fit the parade theme.
  11. Entrants that do not appear on parade day without prior notification to parade officials or entries that do not comply with the rules and regulations jeopardize future participation in the Rotary Christmas Parade.
  12. Political campaigning is not permitted.
  13. The Rotary Christmas Parade Committee’s decision regarding all entries is final.
  14. The Rotary Parade Committee does not accept the responsibility for travel, food, or lodging expense of any unit.
  15. Application fees are non-refundable for accepted entries. Each entry must pay the appropriate fee.
  16. The Rotary Parade Committee reserves the right to accept or decline any entry.



  1. Only vehicles pulling floats or providing transportation for pageant entries will be allowed in the parade. Exceptions will be considered for antique vehicles and other organized specialty car groups with prior approval. Vehicles that are pulling floats should be incorporated as much as possible into the float and decorated accordingly.
  2. All entries must be decorated according to a Christmas theme. All banners must be neatly lettered and legible. Sketches of homemade floats must be submitted along with the application. The sketch should include all parts of the float, including towing vehicle.
  3. NO decorations and or float construction material may protrude from the side of the float. All electrical device must be properly grounded.
  4. All floats must have handholds or stand up holds for each rider on the float. Any self-propelled float must have a spotter beside the float, who is in two-way communication (e.g. two-way radio) with the float driver.
  5. Participants must be costumed according to the parade theme, with no participant dressed as Santa Claus.
  6. No participants may jump on a float to ride and not interfere with any other unit in any way. Float capacity will not be exceeded. No participants will dismount from a float during the parade route. Participants will not have body parts, particularly legs and feet, extending past the sides, front or rear of the float. This is an extreme safety hazard.
  7. The Rotary Parade Committee will secure Santa Claus for the parade. No other Santas are allowed to participate.
  8. Float platforms should be at least 7 feet wide and 15 feet long with a fixed axle at/near the rear and a steer able axle at the front. Farm wagons make excellent platforms. Single or tandem axle trailers normally pulled by a car or truck are not desirable.



  1. All marching units must maintain forward motion. Routines that cause gaps will not be permitted. Stopping or reversing motion will result in removal from the parade and will jeopardize future participation. Only Christmas theme music will be allowed.
  2. No unit may stop forward motion to perform except in areas designated by the Rotary Parade Committee. Performance stops may not last more than 90 seconds.
  3. If for any reason a gap of greater than 50 feet is created, marching units must increase their pace to close the gap.
  4. All members of any marching unit should be at least 10 years old. Participants must be suitable costumed with no participant dressed as Santa. Walling groups must be dressed in uniform that easily identifies walkers as a part of the same group.
  5. No vehicle will accompany marching units unless a separate application is submitted for the vehicle, to include payment of the application fee. This includes bands and ROTC units (the “No Charge” code provided is valid ONLY for your marching unit.)



All entries will be assigned a line-up number and receive further instructions about the parade upon receipt and approval of the application.



Kings/Queens from any Elementary, Jr. High, High School, College or recognized pageant will be considered for the parade at the discretion of the Rotary Parade Committee. Eligible entries for consideration will include private/public, elementary/secondary, college institutions and recognized pageant winners. Kings/Queens must be at least 5 years old. Kings/Queens from the same school must ride in the same convertible. Kings/Queens are required to furnish their own convertibles. The driver must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. A maximum of 2 persons per vehicle (driver excluded). The King and/or Queen must have been selected as a part of an official school pageant. The King/Queen must attend the school they represent.



The parade will start from the assembly area moving west on Person Street. It will continue up Person Street around the Market House, West on Hay Street and terminate at the CSX Depot.

All Floats will continue across the CSX railroad, following the directions of the Parade Marshal at that location, continuing on to the Medical Arts parking lot where personnel will dismount. The empty floats will then return to the original assembly area using Franklin Street.

Marching Bands and ROTC units will turn left onto Winslow St then left onto Franklin Street, proceeding to the City Hall parking lot before stopping. Marching Bands and ROTC units will load the buses in the City Hall parking lot.