Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 3
This year's theme: Peace on Earth
This year's parade will be held on Sunday Afternoon.
To get rid of the gaps, there will be no performer's area.
There will be no awards ceremony after the parade.
Parade entries will be accepted September 1 - November 17Entries received after Nov. 17 will be subject to a $25 late fee
- FREE: Commercial and non-commercial floats, marching bands and performance groups.
- FREE: Active emergency vehicles/public safety vehicles such as a fire truck, police or ambulance
- *Only 1 vehicle per squadron or unit will be free, each additional vehicle will cost $25.
- Horns and sirens will NOT be allowed during the parade.
- $50: Vehicles not classified as a float including cars, motorcycle clubs, pageant winners, business vehicles, tractor trailer/18 wheeler, pick-up, or van.
- Checks can be mailed to:
645 River Park Drive
Danville, VA 24540
- Online Parade Application
Rules & Regulations
1. In an effort to shorten gaps and keep the parade moving, there will be no performance areas. Performance Groups and Marching Bands are asked to keep moving and to perform their best at all times along the parade route.
2. There will be no awards ceremony after the parade. All winning floats will be given a sign to display designating them as the winner.
3. Floats must be in line no later than 1:00 pm for review by the judges. All other groups, organizations, bands, cars etc. must be in line no later than 2:30 pm on their respective streets at their designated spot or number. Floats/cars will line up on Broad Street. Marching units will line up on Rison Street.
4. Drop off instructions will be provided in your parade packet. Please instruct parents where to drop off children. Maps will be provided.
5. Entries should reflect “The Twelve Days of Christmas” theme of the parade. The Riverview Rotary Club reserves the right to refuse any entry deemed inappropriate for the parade.
6. Parade officials will designate "Santa Claus." Any other Santa Claus (including Mrs. Claus) will not be allowed. This avoids confusion for small children. Stuffed or fake Santas are acceptable.
7. Performance Groups are to dress in designated uniforms for their groups. Judging for performance groups will be in three categories: Elementary School, Middle School and High School.
8. Music is encouraged along the parade route. Please keep volume at a reasonable level. Bands are an exception.
9. Throwing candy or other objects from floats or moving vehicles is strictly prohibited because of safety issues. Please keep the safety of participants and spectators a high priority.
10. Animal handlers must control animals participating in the parade at all times and handlers must be prepared to clean up after their animals. All waste must be removed immediately from streets so others do not have to walk in or around it.
11. Non-Commercial vehicles including Fire Trucks, Ambulances, or Police Cars will NOT be allowed to blow their horn or sirens on the parade route. The excessive noise detracts from the music of the parade.
12. We strongly urge organizations to enter floats in lieu of cars. If vehicles must be used, we encourage using convertibles for better spectator visibility. For the safety of participants and spectators, the parade has a zero tolerance policy about the performance of tricks or the spinning of tires. Uniformed and plain-clothes officers line the parade route and they will enforce this policy. If you handle your vehicle in an unsafe manner, you will be pulled from the parade route, banned from future participation in the parade and can be charged with a criminal offense of reckless driving.
13. Dignitaries are asked to ride in cars in order to ensure safety and efficient progress of the parade.
14. To demonstrate respect for fellow entries and for spectator enjoyment, it is important that the parade progress as efficiently as possible without excessive gaps, as we have seen in the past. Groups or vehicles creating excessive gaps will be warned once by a Rotarian to close the gaps and should the gap persist the offending group will be asked to move aside and let the remainder of the parade pass and may file in line behind Santa Claus.
15. Numbers will be provided for each group in packets. The numbers must be displayed as follows. Marchers - the number must appear on the right arm of the first marcher. Vehicles/Floats - the number must be prominently displayed on the passenger side of the vehicle.
16.The deadline for application is Friday, November 17, 2017. Applications received and or postmarked after November 17 will be assessed a $25 late fee.
17. Packet-pickup will be held Thursday, November 30 through Saturday, December 2, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Danville Welcome Center, 645 River Park Drive, Danville, VA. 24540.
18. Non-compliance with rules will result in a $50.00 fine.
In an effort to shorten gaps and keep the parade moving, there will be no performance areas. Performance Groups and Marching Bands are asked to keep moving as they walk and dance.
There will be no awards ceremony at the Community Market following the Parade.
Judging Instructions and Criteria
1. In an effort to shorten gaps and keep the parade moving, there will be no performance areas. Performance Groups and Marching Bands are asked to perform their best at all times along the parade route.
2. Judging Criteria
Commercial Floats - eligible to win 1st Place Corporate Cup Trophy
· Originality, Theme, Appearance, Overall Excellence
Non-Commercial Floats – eligible for cash prize and trophy
· Originality, Theme, Appearance, Overall Excellence
Performance Groups – eligible for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place trophy.
· Appearance, Alignment, Precision, Showmanship
Examples of performance groups: JROTC, Dance Academies, Cheerleaders, Zumba Groups, etc.
3. Floats that are being judged must be in line on Cleveland Street no later than 1:00 pm for review by the judges. Floats unprepared to be judged at 1:00 p.m. will elect to take no score.
4. Performance Groups that are being judged must be in line on Rison Street no later than 1:00 p.m. for review by for the judges. Groups unprepared to be judged at 1:00 p.m. will elect to take no score.
5. Presentations of awards will be at approximately 2:30pm. Awards will be presented to winning groups at their assigned line up location. There will be no awards ceremony following the parade.
6. Entries should reflect “The Twelve Days of Christmas” theme of the parade. The Riverview Rotary Club reserves the right to pull any entries from the parade route that are not appropriately decorated or do not reflect the theme of the parade.