55th Annual Christmas Light Parade

“COWBOY CHRISTMAS!”

Co-Sponsored by

Saturday, December 7, 2013-5:30 p.m.

Registration form and Info Packet

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Parade Grand Marshal: Henry Stephen “Steve” Conroy  [Read more...]

Put on your Stetsons, chaps and spurs and fill the air with lights and music!  What better way to usher the holiday season into Sierra Vista!  Be creative using lights, music, and the cowboy theme!

 All entries must be illuminated and depict the Cowboy Christmas Theme!

Music of some fashion is highly suggested.

Parade Route:  7th Street and Fry Blvd. to Fry Blvd.   and Avenida Escuela 

Staging: South side of 7th Street from Fry Blvd.                              

The lights along the parade route WILL NOT be turned off; however, ALL ENTRIES MUST BE ILLUMINATED. Remember when choosing your lighted decorations, SAFETY COMES FIRST.

 

Entry Deadline: November 22, 2013, 4 p.m. – NO ENTRIES ALLOWED THE DAY OF PARADE.

CHECK IN PROCEDURE, ASSIGNED ENTRY POINTS, and ENDING LOCATION.

Check In:

ONE representative from each unit must check‐in at the Chamber of Commerce office on Thursday, December 5, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday, December 6, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. That representative will:

  1.   receive a line up number
  2.  be assigned a point of entry for staging
  3.  will be assigned an approximate ending location and
  4.  have any questions answered.

It is that representative’s responsibility to share this information with others in their unit.

                              

Day of the Parade:

 Staging begins at 3:30 p.m.

 All vehicle entries will enter the staging area south Side of 7th Street from Golf Links Road.

 Marching and walking groups will be given designated meeting areas. Groups assembling closest to Fry Blvd and 7th Street, will walk to their staging area when the entire group is assembled.

Groups who are assigned to assemble in the ACE parking lot will move to the Transit Bus stop (in front of ACE parking lot on Fry Blvd.) when the entire group is assembled and will be taken by bus to a drop off location near their staging area.

No vehicle traffic, other than parade vehicles, will be allowed on the south side of 7th Street between Fry Blvd. and Golf Links.  

 End of Parade: The parade ends at Fry Blvd. and Avenida Escuela. Each unit will be given a designated area to go to for disassembling. It is the responsibility of the representative who checks‐in to share this information with others in their unit and to instruct the lead person or vehicle in the unit. This enables the units to arrange for pick up of its participants.

 Disqualification: The Parade Committee reserves the right to disqualify and turn away any entrants who:

  • Are deemed not displaying good taste or good moral conduct.
  • Do not have decorative lights on entry.
  • Had not been disclosed on registration form.

Parade Routines:

 In an effort to keep the parade moving, units WILL NOT be allowed to stop and perform demonstrations or routines. Parade Marshals will be along the parade route to enforce this policy.

Restrictions:

NO live Santa Claus and/or Mrs. Santa Claus characters. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will ride in the parade on the Chamber of Commerce float.

 NO throwing of candy. This is for safety reasons. Throwing candy entices children to run into the line of traffic. You may designate several people to walk along the parade route and handout candy. These individuals MUST wear a reflective vest or clothing.

Parade Marshals will be along the parade route to enforce this policy.

Cancellation:

 The Sierra Vista Area Chamber reserves the right to cancel the parade due to inclement weather. For cancellation notification, please listen to radio stations K101, KKYZ, KTAN and/or KWCD. Every effort will be made to reach the contact person of each organization by phone.                

Toy Donation:

As we have done in the past, we are asking that ALL entrants donate a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY (value $10 to $20) to be dropped off at the Chamber with your entry. The toy will be given to the Sierra Vista Fire Department as part of their toy drive.

AWARDS:

Only entries reflecting the parade theme will be judged.

  • COX Award:  Best Overall ‐ Excellence in presenting parade theme.
  • LAWLEY Automotive Group Award: Excellence in presenting lights – most and/or best use.
  • Chamber Award: Best Commercial ‐ Best creative concept and design in presenting parade theme.
  • Chairman’s Award: Best Non‐Commercial‐ Best creative concept and design in presenting parade theme.
  • Judges Award: All other entries‐Outstanding design in imagination and innovation in presenting parade theme.

Honorable Mention

ALL ENTRIES will be judged using the following guidelines:

  1.  Appropriateness of parade theme.
  2.  Originality of design, including lights, animation and/or sound.
  3. Effective use of materials INCLUDING lights, music, color and originality.

Only entries reflecting the parade theme will be judged.

 

FLOATS

All floats should be in proper line‐up by 4:15 p.m.  Inspectors will inspect the floats between 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Floats should be complete with exception of persons riding on float. Floats that do not pass safety inspections will be disqualified from the parade and judging‐ see instructions on the next page.

ANIMALS:

Any entry with animals MUST provide their own “pooper scoopers.”

VEHICLES:

Individual theme or other desired lettering should appear on both sides of vehicle. The front and back signs must be illuminated.  Entrants are responsible for obtaining safe vehicles and drivers need to exercise extreme caution along parade route.

DECORATING & SAFETY INFORMATION

The following information has been compiled to assist you when planning your decorations for your unit and/or float. Most important is SAFETY COMES FIRST!

THIS IS A NIGHT LIGHT PARADE.

EVERY ENTRY MUST USE LIGHTS AND BE ILLUMINATED!

(The Chamber reserves the right to turn away any entry that is not illuminated.)

There will be an inspection of all floats at the staging area prior to the start of the parade for the safety features listed below. Failure to comply with any of the mentioned requirements could result in your participation in the parade being halted until all problems are corrected. If you have any questions about the requirements, you may contact the Sierra Vista Fire Marshal at 458‐3319.

Use only non‐combustible or flame retardant decorations.

Inverters (a unit that plugs into the cigarette lighter of the vehicle which converts the electric current from the vehicle to an electric current for the lights) can be obtained at local stores such as: Wal‐Mart, Lowes of Sierra Vista, Home Depot, Sutherlands and Sierra Vista Ace.

Gasoline run generators are another source to power your lights. When using a generator the following requirements MUST BE MET:

  1.  There must be a 5 foot radius around the generator to allow for proper exhausting.
  2.  A barrier must be in place around the generator to prevent personal injury.
  3. A FIRE EXTINQUISHER MUST BE ON THE VEHICLE. It must be no less than a 5 – 10 lb Dry Chemical extinguisher with an ABC rating. (Anything less than a 5 lb extinguisher will not be acceptable).

 No open flames such as candles, oil lanterns and tiki torches, etc.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining and using safe vehicles with licensed drivers. Drivers must exercise extreme caution.

When purchasing items for your unit and/or float, please remember to “Shop Local” and shop at chamber members. Contact us to obtain a list of our members.

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