Policies & Regulations


  1. Only one (1) Santa. No other Santa Claus but the one at the end of the parade route will be permitted.
  2. All participants must incorporate a festive holiday theme in their decorations, music, float design and/or costumes. Please ensure vehicles towing floats are decorated as well.
  3. Entries must be entertaining to a family audience, especially for children.
  4. All participants must register to participate in the parade.
  5. Parade participants shall not consume alcohol and will refrain from smoking during their participation in the parade.
  6. For safety reasons, throwing of candy or any objects is not allowed. Anyone wanting to hand out candy can do so with designated, walking distributers.
  7. If walkers fall behind their supporting vehicle, walkers are to catch up - vehicles are not permitted to stop. If you are performing or dancing, do so while in a forward motion. Stopping will create unnecessary gaps in the parade, as well as a backup.
  8. Absolutely NO stopping along the parade route. We've made a change to the parade route exit. All parade participants will either turn up Augusta Street (if you do NOT need participants to dismount or to secure items) or turn into the Town Hall parking lot (if you require space to unload participants and secure items). Oversized floats will be permitted to exit out Queen Street.  
  9. No entry will hand out brochures, flyers or any other printed materials to parade spectators, without prior parade committee approval. If you plan to hand out print material, make it impactful - we don't want to see paper lining the street following the parade. 
  10. Automobiles for commercial advertising are limited to one per business and must be decorated.
  11. Animal entries are required to clean up behind their animals along the route to be courteous to the other participants. Handlers are responsible for the care and control of the animals. Please only bring animals equipped to endure the stimulating parade environment. Animals are not permitted to interact with spectators along the route - please keep animals in middle of the road.
  12. Any floats with children must have at least one (1) adult present for supervision.
  13. No entry shall exceed 12 feet in height.
  14. Oversized (extra-long and large transport) entries are required to bring flaggers to help driver navigate route and spectators. 
  15. All participants (floats and walking parties) lining up in the stagging area must remain in single file, unless directed by a Parade Marshal. 
  16. Name of group/entry must be displayed and easily identifiable.
  17. Floats with generators or other possible fire hazards must provide suitable fire extinguishing equipment.
  18. There will be no premature exiting of the parade route. 
  19. An entry may be refused up to the start of the parade should the entry not meet parade guidelines or differ from their approved entry form.

Parade Day Details:

1. We ask that all floats and walking parties arrive between 12 - 12:30 pm. Floats and walking parties are asked to line up along Bramley Street South (facing north). Please work together in the busy staging area to make room for fellow parade participants and keep safe.

2. There is no parade order. The Parade Marshal will pull entries from Bramley S and insert bands from Bramley N onsite. Please be patient in the staging area. Your entry will be called upon to head down the parade route, in due time.

3. All participants (floats and walking parties) lining up in the staging area must remain in single file, unless directed by a Parade Marshal. Parade Marshals will be onsite at noon to answer any questions.

4. Parade starts at exactly 1:00pm (rain, snow or shine). Please dress layered for the weather. 

5. There will be a portable toilet placed in the parking lot for all participants who are in need.

6. Carpooling to the staging area is recommended. Those dropping off participants, please avoid driving along Bramley St S - use the cross streets (Stratchan St and Sherborne St).

7. Along the route, it is important to maintain the distance between the float in front of you - not too close, but not too far. This is a significant safety note, but it also maintains a steady flow. 

8. END OF PARADE EXIT PLAN – To exit the route, all parade participants will either turn up Augusta Street (if you do not need participants to dismount, or secure items) or turn into the Town Hall parking lot (if you require space to unload participants or secure items) and exit up Augusta Street. Oversized entries will be permitted to exit out Queen.

9. ENTRY/FLOAT CAPTAINS – Please inform all parents and participants of these rules. We suggest that float captains arrange a meeting place with parents in dismount area (Town Hall parking lot) for pickup.   

10. The following policies are established as the minimum regulations for enjoyment and safety reasons. We require your cooperation in observing them. Parade participants are responsible for their own safety and the parade committee will not be held responsible for any accidents.