WALLINGFORD 350TH JUBILEE PARADE - PARADE FLOAT GUIDELINES
Parade Committee will conduct inspection of all floats prior to the beginning of the parade to ensure compliance with Parade Float Guidelines. At the sole discretion of the Inspection Committee, if the float is deemed to be not safe in anyway, the float will not be allowed to participate in the parade.
FIRE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
• Decorative material on parade floats shall be noncombustible or flame retardant. Materials such as straw or hay must be treated with flame retardant material.
• Plastic sheeting (visqueen) and plastic tarps will not be permitted.
• All floats and towing apparatus must have a minimum 2-A, 10-BC rated portable fire extinguisher and have current State Fire Marshal certification tag indicating that the fire extinguisher has been serviced within the last year. The gauge must indicate that the fire extinguisher has pressure. The fire extinguisher must be mounted so that it is accessible to the operators and must not be obstructed by decorative material.
• Open flame devises are prohibited on parade floats. The use of fuel fired torches, candles or similar devices which can ignite the parade float are prohibited.
• Fireworks are not permitted to be discharged.
• No smoking on or near the parade float at any time.
• Float vehicles must be properly registered with the appropriate state Department of Motor Vehicles and insured. Copy of vehicle registration and copy of insurance must be provided one week prior to parade.
• All motorized vehicles, to include motorcycles, must be properly serviced for gasoline, water, oil, brakes, tires and battery prior to entry into parade queuing area. No extra gasoline, other than in the vehicle’s tank, can be carried on the float or the float vehicle.
• Float bed must be sturdy and capable of carrying the weight to be imposed.
• Floats, including the tow unit, must not exceed 50 feet in length. Stabilized props on float cannot exceed 12 feet in height of width unless they can be controlled to allow for proper maneuvering with regards to traffic lights, telephone wires, corners and spectators.
• Floats must have a minimum of 12 inches ground clearance from frame and nothing can drag on the roadway from the float.
• Decorative material and parade structure must be kept clear of the exhaust system on motorized floats.
• Portable generators must be used carefully with no heated exhaust allowed to come in contact with the float and portable generators must be secured to the float. Re-fueling of generators will not be permitted.
• If music is part of float, this must be included in application. The music must maintain a volume that will not interfere with other participating parade units.
• No combination of vehicles coupled together shall consist of more than two (2) vehicles. Vehicles towing floats must be equipped with tow bar or coupling device of sufficient strength to hold the weight of the towed vehicle when operating.
• All wheels of motorized vehicles must stay in contact with the ground at all times.
• Continuous blowing of loud horns or sirens is prohibited.
• Use of animals is prohibited, unless previously approved by Parade Committee. If permitted, animals must be under the control of a trainer or experienced handler or rider. All animals, other than horses, must be on a leash.
• Drivers must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and be adequately trained to drive float and/or float vehicle. Drivers must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
• Once float is in position in assembly area, a driver and representative must be in attendance at all times in the event there are questions, problems, or if the float needs to move.
• Operators of vehicles shall not have their vision obstructed.
• All motorcycles drivers must have a “M” class license and all drivers and riders must be wearing a safety helmet approved by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Motorcycles must be properly registered with the appropriate state Department of Motor Vehicles and insured. Copy of motorcycle registration and copy of insurance must be provided one week prior to parade.
• Float driver must maintain minimum of three (3) car lengths from proceeding unit.
• No one will be permitted to ride on float as it is being transported to and from the parade site.
• No children under 12 will be permitted to ride on a float without the supervision of at least two adults.
• All passengers standing or sitting on float must wear a safety belt or have handholds or other support while the float is moving.
• Each float shall have no more than 14 persons riding on the float.
• No riders will be allowed to ride on the edge of the float.
• No throwing of any items from moving vehicles. Distribution of candy, balloons or small items must have a person walk alongside of float to hand out such items. Parade Committee reserves the right to inspect and approve any items distributed during parade.
• Riders on roof of hood of vehicles are not permitted.
• No one may get on or off a float or any motorized unit once the parade has started.
• No alcoholic beverages on any float or entrant, before, during, or after the parade.