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Kick off the holiday season with our traditional 22nd annual Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights! Parade begins at 5:30 pm. By starting the parade as darkness falls, we can "Light up the Town"! Plan on decorating your parade entry with the brightest lights, glow sticks, flashlights, etc. that your imagination can muster.
Festival in the park starts at approximately 6pm. Visits with Santa in the Park after the parade! The Mayor and Santa will flip the switch to light Park and Christmas Tree. Announcement of winners for parade float winners. Music by Ronnie the DJ and free inflatables by Colby Family Chiropractic and Chrisally Events. Enjoy cupcake decorating, hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Children's crafts, activities and games. Preservation Woodstock awards it's Citizen of the Year. Lots of food and special holiday vendors.
Parade starts at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Rd. and travels down Main St. to Sam’s Club at Hwy. 92. See website for Downtown Woodstock Parking Map. www.woodstockparksandrec.com
MUST submit an application by the deadline of 11-19-18. MUST submit signed Release of Claims form. No day of event drop-ins. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of acceptance.
Please work with us to keep the parade as enjoyable and fair as possible for everyone, and to keep the parade true to its original intent – to allow the entire community to participate in a city-wide event that delights both children and adults. If we all keep in mind that the primary audience is children, we know we will have a great parade!
Parade Line Up will begin at 2:45 pm. Do not enter the parade line up area prior to 2:45 pm. First come, first serve. No reserving spots. Parade Line up will end at 5:00 pm. All entries will be limited to ONE decorated vehicle pulling a float, no sharing applications. If you attempt to bring a second vehicle, it will be turned away. Contact us if you have a special condition requiring an extra vehicle. NO decorating in the lineup area. Use the church across the street or the parking lot behind the school to decorate. Join parade lineup when you are ready. There will be no drop offs whatsoever in the parade lineup parking lot. Make arrangements prior to arrival. This includes riders, decorations and candy. No acceptations will be made. Bring Parade Announcement Form. Leave on your dashboard. We will pick up from you and give you an assigned number to be posted on your driver’s side window. If your form is not ready, we will not wait and will just list the name of your float. One entry per announcement form, please.
If dropping off passengers- Unload passengers at the back parking lot of Sam’s Club.
Parking lot will be extremely crowded, use caution.
If you do not need to unload passengers- continue straight on Main Street to drive to Hwy. 92.
Entries MUST be LIT UP to enter parade. DO NOT dress as Santa. Santa hats are allowed. Be careful of the kids, use glow necklaces. No headlights, running lights only.
Keep Moving - Drive at a slow and steady pace. No stopping the parade. Arrange for help on the float, if you are distributing items to the crowd, handouts, waterbottles, fans, etc. This will help to maintain the flow of the parade. No throwing confetti, streamers, bouncing balls, or Frisbees. Candy- Please do not whip candy from the floats into the crowds. Preferably, walkers should hand candy to children on the side of the road. Please do not have kids drop candy from float. Consider small toys and trinkets instead. Parents/guardians are responsible for the safety of their children. All children under 6 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please, children under age 6 should not walk the parade. Accepting applications of Politicians that serve Woodstock and/or Cherokee County ONLY. All floats with a generator must have a fire extinguisher on the float with them. Horses must have a parade diaper or someone behind them to clean up “accidents” Do not stop the parade to allow the petting of horses. Bring bottled water and dress with weather conditions in mind. Holiday music is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!!! Play it Loud!!! Decorations-Float and/or vehicle must be DECORATED or they cannot participate. Decorations are REQUIRED in keeping with the spirit of a parade. Please don’t enter a vehicle with just a flag or a Santa hat and no other decoration. Vehicles that are not fully decorated add nothing to enjoyment of the parade. The only exceptions to this rule are antique vehicles. While decorating, please be aware, we have received phone calls from people complaining that they did not come to the parade to watch a commercial. We love to support our local businesses, but please, keep your parade entry festive! All entries must be suitable for family audience. We have a limited number of spots available for the parade, please send your application in early.
Once we reach that number, we will no longer be able to accept applications. If you have to cancel, let us know ASAP so we can accept the applications on the waiting list. Failure to notify us of a cancellation will automatically put you on the waiting list for the next parade.
Please keep the rule pages as a reference for decorating and parade day protocol.
I acknowledge receipt of the Parade Rules and confirm that I have read them thoroughly. Acknowledgement of the Parade Rules includes an agreement of compliance.
This Release of All Claims must be signed and returned with the parade application, in order to be allowed to participate in the event.
This indenture witnesseth that in return for the City of Woodstock’s allowing the undersigned to participate in any City Event, the undersigned hereby acknowledges that he/she is aware of the nature of the activity and the potential for physical injury associated with the activity. Nonetheless, in return for the City’s accord and satisfaction, for the undersigned, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, I forever release and discharge the City of Woodstock, Georgia, its officers, employees, servants, and agents from any and all manner of actions, causes of actions, claims and demands, damages, costs, suits, debts, accounts, promises, trespasses, judgments, expenses, and loss of service, both known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, whatsoever in law or in equity, already sustained or that the undersigned may hereafter sustain, in consequence of or relating to the activity, from the beginning of time forward.
I hereby declare that this release is being given voluntarily, and that no representations about the nature and extent of the said damages made by any attorney or agent of the party hereby released, nor any representations, regarding the nature and extent of legal liability or financial responsibility of the party hereby released, have induced me to enter into this release. The undersigned hereby acknowledges receipt of a copy of this release before signing it, and further represents that if he/she is signing in a representative capacity, he/she has the authority to do so on behalf of his principal and to bind that principal.
This release shall be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia. Furthermore, this release constitutes the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior written and or oral agreements, understandings, or representations of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior written or oral agreements, understandings, or representations of the parties relating to the same subject matter.
By clicking the signature button, you are accepting the terms of the City of Woodstock, Georgia Release of All Claims.
Please print a copy of the application to retain as a reference for the rules, decorating and parade day protocol. Your form will be electronically submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department.
Please visit our Special Events page to print the Parade Announcement Form, which you will need to complete and bring with you on parade day.
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