We are inviting you to seek treasure in the 2021 Suwanee Fest Parade to kick off the weekend festival! This year our theme is Pirates so get your group together, decorate a float/boat, dress up in theme and/or prepare a 60 second performance for your chance to win a prize! Cash prizes are available for best use of theme, most entertaining, best costumes and other categories! All parade participants must send in at least ONE representative to the MANDATORY Suwanee Fest parade meeting to be held on September 9, at 6:30 pm. Failure to send a representative to the meeting will result in your group being removed from the parade!
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The primary purposes of the Suwanee Fest parade is entertainment value and to highlight local community-members, performers, and groups.
Participation in the Suwanee Fest parade is considered a privilege and not guaranteed to any group or person. To help ensure that the parade meets the standards and purposes of the parade and the festival, all potential entrants are vetted.
The Suwanee Fest parade encourages participation by locally-focused individuals, civic groups, school groups, entertainers, bands, orchestras, non-profit and charitable organizations, Suwanee Fest sponsors, and other such organizations. As the parade has a limited amount of space for staging and time allowances, the city may restrict the number of entries or participants. This is determined by the parade organizers based on the entries received and adherence to the purpose and requirements set forth herein.
In order to maintain the entertainment value, to help keep the focus local, and to control the time and length of the parade, general political groups, political party-specific groups, and/or such advocacy or general movement groups are not permitted in the parade except as noted herein.
While the city welcomes individual candidates for public office or present officeholders, in order to maintain the parade length and local focus, the city has established the following guidelines:
Only candidates serving the City of Suwanee residents (i.e. whose potential voters reside within the Suwanee city limits), may participate in the parade provided:
Candidates must be physically onsite and a festival participant.
Candidates must be running in the current year’s upcoming election cycle only.
Political entries are limited to one vehicle (which may be a truck/trailer combo if the entry is a theme-decorated float). Up to 20 additional “walkers” may be part of the candidate’s entry.
Candidate entries will be slotted into the parade line-up in alphabetical order, or similarly arranged by the parade organizers. (Except that the city of Suwanee council members will be placed in their traditional location near the front of the parade)
As noted above, non-local candidates, general social and political causes and/or organizations may not participate.
Non-sponsor corporate or business entries are permitted, but are limited to one vehicle and up to 20 walkers/participants. As with all entries, corporate entries are encouraged to utilize the theme in a float or costumes. Suwanee Fest sponsors, depending on their level of sponsorship, may be extended automatic entry into the parade and be granted priority.
Political or social demonstrations (positive or negative) are not permitted. Except as otherwise noted for candidates, no individual or group may use the Suwanee Fest parade as a political platform or forum to distribute political materials, via audio or distribution, to express support or dissent of any political or social positions or issue. Provided, nothing herein shall prohibit any person from exercising their free speech rights on public property as long as such expression does not interfere with the Parade.
Each year, a theme is determined for the parade and overall festival atmosphere. We encourage all participants and groups to decorate a float, dress up to reflect the theme, and/or prepare a 30-60 second performance for a chance to win a prize. All entries will have the opportunity to stop at the judge’s station along the route to be recognized by the emcee, or to perform for the judges. Cash prizes are available to school and community groups, and officially recognized non-profit organizations for best use of theme, most entertaining, best costumes and other categories at the discretion of the judging panel.
Parade organizers reserve the right to review all entries and accept or reject entries based on the factors above and/or any additional information that may come to the attention of the committee. This may include but is not limited to entries deemed controversial, unlawful, offensive, defamatory, profane, obscene, or vulgar, or that do not reflect the spirit and entertaining purpose of the Suwanee Fest parade.