The Mandan Independence Day Parade is not responsible for accidents. All parade entrants are responsible for their own safety precautions and are expected to practice their own preventative measures.
To ensure the safety of all spectators, candy and items (flyers, trinkets etc.) CANNOT be distributed by throwing or tossing from or close by a parade entry. Any person distributing items must walk alongside the crowd, NOT alongside the parade entry. Violation of this policy will result in immediate removal from the parade. You will also be banned from participating in future parades.
If your parade entry has horses or ATVs, it is the riders’/drivers’ responsibility to keep the horses/ATV under control.
Only 2 Commercial vehicles allowed per entry.
To allow for proper planning, parade entry submissions, signed statement of understanding and $100 entry fee must be postmarked by June 1. All entries postmarked after June 1, will be assessed a $25 late fee. Click here to register.
All parade entrants MUST sign the statement of understanding of these rules/guidelines and provide the appropriate entry form and fee. Any parade entrant that has not submitted all of these required documents will NOT be allowed in the parade.
Entry fees are non-refundable. Refunds will not be given for no-shows, cancellations, extractions, bad weather, etc.
Because of the the significant coordination required of State, County and City resources, if the parade is cancelled due to weather, it will not be re-scheduled and fees cannot be refunded.
Be on time. The parade will depart Dacotah Centennial Park at 10:00 a.m. and will arrive at Mandan Main Street at approximately 10:30 a.m. All entrants are encouraged to be in their assigned staging area, assembled and ready to move-out by 9:45 a.m.
If a parade entrant is not in their assigned staging area at the proscribed time, their spot in the parade line up will be forfeited. The entry will then be placed, on a first come first served basis, at the end of the parade.
All parade entries must be tastefully decorated. Any parade entry not decorated will be extracted from the parade line-up.
A tastefully decorated parade entry will include, but not be limited to the inclusion of, materials such as fringe skirting, bunting and other colorful decorative items. Vehicles and trailers must be fully skirted and decorated.
The parade committee will remove any offensive entry from the parade. Offensive items include, but are not limited to, offensive language, hate speech etc. Parade entry decorations should also not be considered offensive to any general spectator or organization. Water guns, squirt guns, super soakers, water balloons or similar items of aggression are considered offensive and will not be permitted in the parade.
A parade theme is designated each year and parade entrants are encouraged to decorate their floats in accordance with this theme. Artistic interpretation of the theme is encouraged.
Dignitaries, royalty and elected officials are responsible for their own transportation and signs.
To ensure the safety of all spectators, candy and items (flyers, trinkets etc.) CANNOT be distributed by throwing or tossing from or close by a parade entry. Any person distributing items must walk alongside the crowd, NOT alongside the parade entry.
Parade entrants observed throwing anything from a moving entry will be extracted from the parade and will not be allowed back onto the parade route.
All entries will be assigned a staging area in which to assemble, in parade order, prior to the parade's beginning.
The parade is long. Any group that stops to give special performances or to speak with groups of people and/or media sources causes undue gaps in the parade. If an entrant must stop or halt their progression through the parade route for any reason, the entry must immediately be shifted to the side of the road to allow the parade's other participants to continue along the route as scheduled.
The continual shaking of hands and speaking with citizens causes great gaps in the parade and will not be permitted, for this reason, dignitaries and elected officials are encouraged to ride as passengers in a vehicle.
Please help to keep our city clean. The distribution of fliers or other bulk material is highly discouraged because these items generally end up on the street and in the gutters.
All horse entries MUST provide their own “Pooper Scooper” equipment and manpower. Horse clubs are encouraged to have “Pooper Scooper” crews be original and dress to entertain the spectators. Horse entries will assemble no more than three abreast.
ALL organizations (automobile, motorcycle, machinery or other) will limit their entries to four. For example, a car club will be allowed up to four cars which can progress along the parade route.