The EUG Parade 2018
Eugene’s Animal-Friendly, Human-Powered Parade and Pet Promenade
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 10:00 am
START: Monroe Park END: Park Blocks (8th & Oak)
Eugene Has a Parade, and It’s EUG!
The EUG Parade returns Sunday, July 29 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Monroe Park.
The Parade and Pet Promenade—an animal-friendly mosey followed by a human-powered parade—proceeds down Broadway turning north on to Oak Street and ends at the Park Blocks in Downtown Eugene. The Pet Promenade disperses at Broadway and Charnelton.
The EUG Parade—coordinated by a community committee, and the City of Eugene and Eugene Sunday Streets in partnership with ePark Eugene—precedes Eugene Sunday Streets Downtown where participants can walk, bike and roll to discover active transportation in a safe, car-free environment. See a full schedule of activities.
We are looking for parade entries from the Eugene community that are human-powered— non-motorized—and use the 2018 theme “Spinnin’ Our Wheels.”
Pets of all sizes and their humans can strut their stuff in the Pet Promenade at the beginning of The EUG Parade route (see back page for route information). NOTE: All animals must be on leashes or other method of containment for the safety of pets, participants and audience members.
Using The Theme
Take the 2018 theme phrase and tailor it to your entry! Spinnin’ Our Wheels is open to many interpretations. Will it go round in circles? Show how you roll with humor, advocacy, or collaboration! If you “move” the judges, you’ll be acknowledged for your spin.
- Applications must be submitted no later than July 13, 2018 complete with payment.
- Submit your application by June 15, 2018 to take advantage of Early Bird Fees.
NOTE: All entries must be NON-MOTORIZED and HUMAN POWERED*. No automobiles, trucks or other such non-human powered vehicles are allowed due to the scale/footprint of The EUG Parade. Questions? Email us.
Choreographed and costumed participants performing (marching, dancing, roller skating, etc) consistently throughout the parade. Sound may be incorporated and props carried.
One or more focal points surrounded by smaller units. The central unit can be human-powered accompanied by marchers. Creative costuming and decorations win the day!
UNIQUE NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES
Human propelled vehicles (see note above). Decorate and coordinate your bicycles, scooters, strollers, skateboards, pedicabs, kinetic sculptures, wagons and wheelbarrows.
Individuals may participate in the Pet Promenade, however, for larger animals or groups/clubs with horses, camels, llamas, etc., participants must be in costume and provide their own Pooper Scoopers, removing all animal waste in the staging area and along the parade route; no exceptions. All animals must be on leashes or contained for their safety, and the safety of participants and audience members.
Musical bands include school marching bands (and any accompanying drill teams or dance teams), community musical organizations, and other types of entrants using music as their primary focus (jazz bands, rock bands,
a capella groups, classical groups, etc.).
*Electric assist bicycles and mobility devices are acceptable. Questions? Email Us.
Application & Judging Criteria
The EUG Parade is limited to a maximum of 100 entries. A selection committee of parade veterans reviews all applications. The selection committee reserves the right to choose only those entries that meet the criteria established in this application. Please complete your applications with as much detail as possible, as acceptance of your entry is based only on the information you provide to us.
Entry is well–designed and has an exceptional central theme or idea. We get your message in 20 seconds!
ADHERENCE TO THEME
Entry uniquely incorporates the parade theme, Spinnin’ Our Wheels.
The entry is fun, clever, and well–received by an audience. You make us want to stand up and cheer!
Entry easily travels the parade route, meets size restrictions and is human-powered or propelled.
USE OF SOUND
Recorded or live music, use of instruments, chants/singing, or other audio is effectively used by your entry.
There is an interesting, unusual and exciting routine performed consistently throughout the parade route.
Costumes are original in nature, unusual and/or well designed. Props are inventive, and are large enough to be visible to the audience.
MAXIMUM DIMENSIONS FOR ROUTE SAFETY
Maximum width: 8 feet
Maximum height: 14 feet
Maximum length: 60 feet
Entry Fee Categories
There are four fee-based categories (school bands do not pay an entry fee). First determine the type of entry you plan to enter and then determine your fee category: Nonprofit/Private, Commercial, Parade Partners, Candidate, School Bands. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Any and all not-for-profit businesses and organizations. Includes churches, schools, community organizations, nonprofit agencies, neighborhood groups, government agencies and private individuals.
EARLYBIRD FEE PAID BY JUNE 15, 2018: $35
FEE PAID AFTER JUNE 15, 2018: $50
Any and all for-profit businesses and organizations. Any entry that displays an advertising message.
EARLYBIRD FEE PAID BY JUNE 15, 2018: $75
FEE PAID AFTER JUNE 15, 2018: $100
NEW! PARADE PARTNERS ENTRY
Open to any business that joins with a nonprofit organization or school group, creating one entry and a single fee. Businesses can help showcase an organization or group that may not have the capacity to participate otherwise. It is the responsibility of the business and nonprofit/school group to create the partnership. Either partner may complete and return the application. Include both partners’ contact information on your entry. Select a primary contact to receive your official staging number and day of event information.
EARLYBIRD FEE PAID BY JUNE 15, 2018: $50
FEE PAID AFTER JUNE 15, 2018: $75
Any and all candidates running for political office, or currently holding an office, in any parade unit.
Any and all school bands entering the parade DO NOT pay an entry fee.
Awards and Prizes!
The EUG Parade will be judged by an exceptional panel of community members, including an all youth judging panel for the Kids Are Best award.
The EUG Parade awards participant recognition tokens to all entrants, and cash prizes to formally registered parade entrants that are highly entertaining and best represent the award’s category. Entries are judged on entertainment value to the audience, creativity and concept, audience reaction, and enthusiasm of the
BEST OF SHOW: The SLUG Award
BEST VIEW: Best Decorated Entry
BEST DRESSED: Best Use of Costuming
BEST IN STEP: Best Marching
BEST LAUGHS: Best Use of Humor
BEST LISTENING: Best Use of Live Sound
JUDGES KNOW BEST: Judges’ Choice
KIDS ARE BEST: Best Youth Entry (Judged by kids!)
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 13, 2018 and are subject to review by the The EUG Parade Selection Committee.
ENTRIES MUST OBSERVE ALL APPLICABLE RULES, REGULATIONS AND POLICIES OR BE BARRED FROM THE PARADE. The EUG Parade Committee reserves the right to remove from the parade, either prior to assembly, at assembly or any time during the parade, any entrant not conforming to the rules, regulations and policies, or any entrant refusing to follow instructions of police or parade officials. The Parade Selection Committee must approve all entries before entering the parade route. Failure to adhere to the rules, regulations and policies may result in a one year suspension from participation in The EUG Parade. The EUG Parade reserves the right to deny participation, day of parade, if entry details vary from original accepted application.
ABSOLUTELY NO MATERIAL MAY BE HANDED OUT OR THROWN ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE. Parade entrants are prohibited from distributing merchandise, gifts, candy, literature or other such materials.
PARADE DELAY CAUSED BY ANY ENTRY MAY RESULT IN A DEDUCTION IN JUDGING OR DISQUALIFICATION FROM COMPETITION. Any entry stopping in front of the judges to specially perform or to bribe the judges will automatically be disqualified from competition for awards. All entries must maintain forward motion during the parade.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ARE FORBIDDEN IN ANY ENTRY OR ON THE PERSON OF ANY ENTRY PARTICIPANT. Participants consuming alcohol prior to parade start will not be permitted to enter the parade route, and persons using alcohol or other controlled substances during the parade will be removed.
PARADE PARTICIPANTS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE EUG PARADE IS A FAMILY ORIENTED EVENT. The EUG Parade reserves the right, in its sole discretion, and at any time, including the day of the parade, to disallow parade entries that it deems offensive or unduly divisive. Entries may be historical, humorous or modern in design. Those planning entries should remember a large part of the audience will be children.
IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED YOU MUST COMPLETE THE DESCRIPTION SECTION OF THE APPLICATION. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.