Policies & Procedures
The Parade Committee has taken many factors into consideration
in establishing the Parade Policies & Procedures. The safety of spectators,
participants and their animals is paramount. Additional factors include litter
control, crowd control, traffic control, and general issues of liability.
- The Parade
Committee's receipt of a completed and signed Application shall indicate
your ACCEPTANCE, on behalf of your entry and all of your entry's participants,
of all Parade Policies & Procedures.
- If an entry is unable to participate in the Parade after
being accepted, the entry's Contact Person must notify the Parade Organizers
in WRITING a minimum of two weeks prior to Parade Day. Entries that
cancel within two weeks of Parade Day, without substantial reason, will
jeopardize receiving future Parade invitations/applications. Entries
absent on Parade Day without proper notification to Parade Organizers will
not receive future Parade invitations/applications.
- All participants are responsible
for ensuring that the design and operation of their entry is safe and reliable.
Entries shall comply with all government regulations, safety codes, manufacturer's
recommendations and similar standards.
- All participants for a specific
entry, including all ground assistants, MUST be in uniform, costume, or
coordinated attire in keeping with the theme of the entry.
- No participants
may advocate, oppose or depict any political, religious or social issues.
- All entries, including all ground assistants, shall be in position in the
staging area and ready by 1:30 p.m. on Parade Day. If an entry is not in
position by that time, it may lose its Parade position. The Parade will begin
promptly at 2:00 p.m.
- Two (2) Entry Numbers shall be prominently displayed,
one on either side of each vehicle or float. Mounted riders shall display
their numbers on the lead horse. Entry Numbers will be provided in Entry
Packets. Entry Numbers assist announcers, judges, and spectators along
the Parade Route in identifying your entry.
- Entries shall remain in numerical
order. Proper position is important to the diversity and flow of the Parade.
The Parade Committee determines the position of all entries and each entry
must maintain their position throughout unless directed otherwise by law
enforcement or a Parade Official.
- Parade Officials reserve the right to reject any entry on Parade Day that
does not meet the Policies & Procedures or conform to the
description on their Parade Application.
entries are required to maintain continuous forward motion during the
Parade and must be willing and sufficiently physically fit to maintain both
the parade pace and spacing. Proper spacing is a minimum of 30 feet between
- Parade Officials reserve the right to remove any entry, at any
time, whether as a result of safety concerns; interference with the Parade's
progress; violation of any state, federal, or local laws and ordinances;
or any other reason that they deem appropriate.
- The Parade is designed
to be entertaining for all age groups and reflect family values. Inappropriate
music, profanity, degrading comments, or attire not suited for viewing
by a family audience will not be tolerated.
- All entries are prohibited from
throwing or otherwise distributing materials of any kind - including candy
- before, during or after the Parade.
- Smoking, open fires, noisemakers,
balloons and the discharging of firearms are not permitted.
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
AND ILLEGAL DRUGS ARE NOT PERMITTED. Participants whom Parade Officials
believe have consumed alcohol or prohibited drugs prior to or during the
Parade will be ejected from the Parade.
- Cellular telephone use while on the
parade route is strongly discouraged. The Parade is held for the enjoyment
of the participants and spectators, who expect your attention and enthusiasm.
participants are encouraged to have fun. Smile, wave, and show your pride
in being a part of The Augusta Horse & Carriage
Additional Policies & Procedures Pertaining to Equine/Animal Entries
The safety, health and welfare of the equines/animals
are vital to the Parade's success.
- Also see the
GENERAL PARADE INFORMATION, POLICIES & PROCEDURES,
applicable to ALL entries in the Parade.
- The Parade Committee has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards animal
abuse. Any person abusing animals before, during, or after the Parade
shall be reported to the appropriate legal authorities.
- All equines/animals
must be in good health, well groomed and sound of wind and limb. Equines
must be properly trimmed and/or shod. For safety reasons, we recommend the
use of horseshoes specifically designed to be used for parades.
- Georgia/South Carolina regulations require that all horses over
6 months of age must be in possession of a current Negative Coggins
Certificate (EIA). Negative Coggins Certificate must be issued
within twelve (12) months of Parade date and presented upon arrival
at the Staging area and also at The Hippodrome, if stabling there.
- Participants must have control of their animals at all
times. Any animal deemed unsafe by the Parade Officials shall be removed
from the Parade.
- Mounted riders must be at least 8 years old, able to control
their animal under Parade conditions and have adult supervision at
all times. No child under the age of 14 shall be allowed to participate as
a ground assistant to any animal entry.
- All tack, harness, wagons,
carriages, etc. shall be complete and in good repair. All vehicles and
harness are subject to inspection by Parade Officials on Parade Day and must
be determined to be in good working order.
- All accessories, costumes, etc.,
must be secured and not interfere with the performance of any animal. No
more than one rider per equine/animal.
- Any hitch with more than two equines
shall have at least one (1) assistant on the ground - unless pre-authorized
by the Parade Committee.
- Any equine/animal entry deemed in violation of
any of the POLICIES & PROCEDURES
shall, if practicable, be given the opportunity to correct the deficiency.
If it cannot be corrected, they shall not be permitted to participate
in the Parade.
A licensed equine veterinarian and a farrier will be available on the day of