Mountain View 2018 Downtown Spring Family Parade
The City of Mountain View invites you to participate in the City's 40th Annual Downtown Spring Family Parade, a family event that celebrates community spirit with a new theme each year. Children, schools, clubs, and teams are always active participants. This year our theme is "Can you Dig it? 40 years of Movin’ & Groovin'." The parade will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Post-parade celebrations include food, games and entertainment held at Pioneer Park until 1:00 p.m. The parade will be held RAIN OR SHINE.

Please submit this entry form by Friday, April 6, 2018. A confirmation email with detailed information will be electronically delivered by April 10th. If you have any questions, please call Alejandra Hernandez at (650) 903-6442 or e-mail her at

PLEASE NOTE: This is a forward-motion parade; entrants may not stop to perform in front of the announcing stand, and there will be no stopping anywhere along the parade route. Groups are requested to perform during the entire length of the parade route (approximately one-half mile). In addition, participants may not throw things, hand things out or solicit during the parade. The City reserves the right to reject or dismiss any entry that violates the above-stated rules or in any way misrepresents the conditions of its original acceptance. Entrants who violate the rules may be denied entry in future parades. All entries that will be including a float must have a fire extinguisher (rated 2A 10BC) present on the float.

All applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. General— The City of Mountain View's Downtown Family Parade is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, nonsectarian event. The idea is for participants to have fun and convey themes that are understood by children.

2. Theme— We would like to encourage everyone in attendance to get in the groove and bust out your best 70’s outfits. If you are bringing a float/vehicle/mode of transportation we ask that you do your best to decorate it in 70’s décor.

3. Choreography— Perform an entertaining and exciting routine, keeping in mind the health and safety of participants and spectators. Choreography must include continual forward movement without stopping to prevent gaps between entries. Groups are requested to perform during the entire length of the parade route (approximately one-half mile).

4. Distribution— Printed literature, samples, gifts, etc., are not to be distributed as they cause a litter problem. We do not want any children running into the streets in front of cars, so candy may NOT be tossed into the crowd.

5. Costuming/Props— The costumes are original in nature, well-designed and appropriate for a mixed audience inclusive of children under the age of 13.

6. Timeliness— Applications must be thorough and complete. Applications must be received by the Recreation Division no later than Friday, April 6, 2018.

7. Animals— Animals must be kept under control. If you cannot, please leave the parade area rather than risk a problem.

8. Floats— All floats must carry a fire extinguisher with a 2A 10BC rating. Floats will require an inspection by the Fire Department between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on parade day to confirm compliance.

Entrants who violate the rules may be denied entry in future parade

Please read and accept the application acceptance criteria in order to proceed. *
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