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Watermelon Festival Parade Rules

JUDGING OF ENTRY: If you would like to have your parade entry judged the entry must be checked in (Corner of HWY 159 and San Antonio St) and in the parade line-up by 8:00 am.

  1. The parade line-up will start the procession towards downtown at 8:45 am.
  2. A parade registration table will be set up at the corner of HWY 159 and San Antonio St.
  3. All parade entries must check in at the parade registration table.
    Judging Entries: Arrive and be IN PLACE in the line-up by 8:00 am.
    Non-judging Entries: Arrive and be IN PLACE in the line-up by 8:15 am.
  4. Participants will be notified of their approximate parade number by Friday, the day prior.  Notification will be through email.  If no email was provided on the parade entry form, participants will be notified of their number by phone.
  5. PLEASE CHECK IN AT THE PARADE REGISTRATION TABLE TO RECEIVE YOUR PARADE ENTRY NUMBER.  DO NOT TAKE THE ENTRY NUMBER FROM THE STREET MARKERS.
  6. Upon signing in, participants will be given a parade number.  Place the entry number in the right upper windshield of your decorated vehicle or the vehicle pulling the entry.   If the entry does not have a windshield, place the number as close to the right side of the entry as possible.  The entry number MUST be visible to the parade announcer and parade judges.
  7. All participants will stay in their assigned places until authorized to advance by a parade committee member.  Participants must not take it upon themselves to change the order of the parade.  If you need to be lined up in front of or behind another entry, please speak with a Chamber of Commerce representative as early as possible prior to the day of the parade.
  8. Every effort will be made to retain parade entries in the approximate number line-up provided during the notification process.  BE AWARE that if necessary, the parade committee may make changes to the parade line-up to ensure the safety of all.
  9. Parade Entries that arrive late will be assigned a place at the end of the parade.
  10. Speed of entries and traffic control will be under the direction of Hempstead Police Department with assistance from area law enforcement agencies.
  11. Please drive slow and pace yourself to remain within a safe distance from the entry in front of you.
  12. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is strictly prohibited.
  13. All horse entries must present valid Coggins Papers when checking in at the parade registration table (FOR ALL HORSES THE IN GROUP) prior to placement in the parade line-up.
  14. The parade chairman and committee reserve the right to refuse any entry.
  15. The Hempstead Chamber of Commerce and the parade committee will not be held responsible for any accidents.

Nothing may be thrown from the moving entry. Anyone caught breaking this rule may be immediately removed from the parade and excluded from all future Hempstead Chamber Parades.

Parade Judging:

Parade judges will walk the line-up before the parade.  Make sure you are in-place and parade number is visible by 8:00 am.

Parade Judging Categories:

  • Best Overall Entry
  • Best Decorated Float
  • Best Decorated Vehicle
  • Best Marching / Walking

Parade Route:

  • Start out on San Antonio St. facing west.
  • Turn right and precede north on 13th St. or Hwy 159.
  • Turn right on Austin St.
  • Turn right on FM 1887 or 11th St.
  • Proceed to Hempstead Elementary on your right.
  • The Parade Ends at this point.

END of Parade Procedures:

Turn in your parade number to the parade committee person stationed at the Circle drive of Hempstead Elementary School.  Please DO NOT TAKE THE PARADE NUMBERS.

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