MONTPELIER — Montpelier Alive is inviting the local community, non-profits, schools, businesses, community groups, churches and individuals to enter the July 3rd Parade Competition. Union Mutual, a long-time sponsor of the July 3rd Celebration, has generously committed to be the exclusive underwriter of the new July 3rd Parade Competition in addition to being a Main Stage sponsor. The Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition will feature two awards: Best Performance Award and Best “Green” Float/Entry Award. Each grand-prize winner will receive $1,000 in cash, post-event press, a trophy and most importantly, bragging rights!
Competitors are challenged to create patriotic floats, costumes, decorations and banners showcasing Green Initiatives and/or Artistic Talent. Montpelier Alive is looking for entries that use reclaimed, re-purposed, discarded items, or items that will be recyclable after the parade and/or move through the parade using an electric vehicle, animals or people power (pulling, cycling). As well, show off your artistic and performance talents through music, dancing, puppeteers, clowns, gymnasts — whatever your talent, Montpelier wants to see it!
Winners will be chosen by judge and spectator voting. To learn more about the competition and voting criteria, visit http://www.montpelieralive.org/156/Independence-Day—July-3rd
Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition Rules and Guidelines Categories
Best Performance Entries – This includes all bands, dancers, puppeteers, clowns, cyclist, gymnasts or whatever your talent!
Best “Green” Entries – This includes floats, decorated vehicles and other creative non-performance entries.
Who is eligible to compete?
Businesses, Non-Profits, School Groups, Sports Teams, Community Groups, Churches
Politicians and elected officials may enter the contest if the prize money is donated to a local 501c3 charity like the Montpelier Food Pantry.
Winners will be chosen by judge and spectator voting.
There will be two awards: 1. Best Performance Award 2. The Best “Green” Float/Entry Award
Each grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in cash, post-event press, a trophy and most importantly, bragging rights!
Best Performance Entries will be judged on quality of performance, costumes, audience reaction, and bonus points will be awarded for incorporating the “Green” theme.
Best “Green” Entries will be judged on originality, overall appearance, artistry, quality of workmanship, costumes and creative use of green materials. Points will be awarded based on the percentage of float/entry constructed from reclaimed building supplies, disposed of items and items that will be recyclable after parade. Bonus points will be awarded for moving an entry through the parade using an electric vehicle, animals, people power (pulling, cycling) and for reporting a green disposal plan for all floats and costumes.
All parade competitors and participants must submit a parade application by June 12.
All parade competitors MUST indicate on the parade application that they wish to enter the competition and wish to be judged.
All Best “Green” Float/Entry Competitors MUST adhere to the “Green” theme to be eligible to win.
All parade competitors MUST indicate on the parade application that they have read and agree to the “Parade Details, Rules and Guidelines.”
All parade competitors must be in place and ready by 5:30 p.m.
Montpelier Alive supports and promotes the vitality of Montpelier and its businesses to assure the City continues to set and achieve economic and social goals for today and beyond. We work to develop Montpelier as a center for social, cultural, retail and culinary experiences. Our downtown is quaint and made up of independently-owned stores and restaurants that, together, create a beautiful and unique experience for locals and visitors alike. Our Capital City is full of small town charm as well as big city amenities.