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Blossom Time Festival Parade Application and Information On Sunday May 29th, 2011, the Chagrin Valley Jaycees will present the annual Blossom Time Parade, celebrating its 55th anniversary. This event is traditionally the climax of the Blossom Time Festival, held throughout Memorial Day weekend, in picturesque early American Chagrin Falls. It has become one of the finest and most colorful parades in the greater Cleveland area over the past several years. This celebration was held annually in Chagrin Falls prior to World War II, and was revived by the Chagrin Valley Jaycees 55 years ago with much success. Bands, floats, fire engines, marching units, antique cars, and clowns from all over the state of Ohio have been among the featured attractions in past years. Previous years’ parades have charmed an estimated 60,000 spectators, and an even larger crowd is expected for 2011! We cordially invite you to help make this the most memorable parade in the history of Blossom Time by entering a float, marching band, color guard, drill team, or other parade display. The float limitations are few; they must not exceed 13 feet in height or 10 feet in width. If you would like to reserve a spot in this year’s parade lineup, then we ask you to use your creativity and imagination to support this year’s theme…

“The Toys Are Back in Town” If you would like to participate in this great event, simply fill out the enclosed entry form and return it with payment by the deadline on the parade detail sheet. If you would like additional information, please write to: Chagrin Valley Jaycees PO Box 55 Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022 Attention: Parade Committee FAQ's and info are on the web at www.cvjc.org You may also email parade@cvjc.org, call the Jaycee hotline at 440-247-1004 or call parade chairman Troy Young at 440-477-0770


” “The Toys Are Back in Town IMPORTANT PARADE POLICIES

1. We must emphasize the importance of listing both the dimensions of your unit and the number of people included on your entry form. This will not only enable us to better organize the parade line-up, but will also allow us ample time to inform you of your tentative placement in advance of the parade. 2. Those of you driving dignitaries, please allow them to disembark at the reviewing stand at Triangle Park, just across from the Brewster and Stroud building. If your group contains small children, please make sure to inform us. This way we can try to put you as close to the front of the parade as possible. 3. Safe Street Policy : For the safety of participants and spectators, the Village of Chagrin Falls and the Chagrin Valley Jaycees want to discourage children from running into the street to retrieve candy being thrown from parade vehicles and floats. HANDING OR THROWING CANDY FROM PARADE VEHICLES OR FLOATS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED! If you plan on providing candy to spectators, you must have individuals on foot distributing candy by hand to the crowd (“walkers”). THIS IS A SERIOUS SAFETY MATTER ! If candy (or promotional items) is thrown or handed out from parade vehicles or floats, the offending groups are subject to removal from the parade and exclusion from future events. THE SAFETY OF PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS IS OUR TOP PRIORITY! . The police 4. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in, around or on any moving vehicle WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! Such activity is not only against the law, but is in violation of parade policy as well. Drivers are responsible for the conduct of those in their vehicles, as well as those in floats will be monitoring the parade, and may perform random roadside sobriety checks. 5. Support the Theme: "The Toys Are Back in Town" The Blossom Time Parade is a celebration with a purpose. Please show your pride and support by embracing the theme by decorating your unit or float. We encourage entrants to use toys and games as the ps, non-profit organizations, central theme of their float. In an effort to reduce the number of commercial vehicles, we must ask you limit your entry to no more than two vehicles. (Commercial vehicles whose purpose is the transportation of student grou or civic groups will be exempt from this restriction.) 6. By entering the parade, the applicant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold the Chagrin Valley Jaycees harmless from any claim, demand or liability whatsoever arising out of the conduct or actions, at any time, of the parade applicant, its agents, employees or participants, or arising from any other matters not under the direct control of the Jaycees or any criminal or civil suit be brought naming the Jaycees or any of its Officers, Directors or members as defendants, and/or the parade applicant, then in that event, the applicant shall indemnify and defend the Jaycees. Agreed: 7. All applications must be accompanied by full payment in order to be processed. Applications without payment will not be considered.


The Toys Are Back in Town 2011 Parade Application Name of Group:_______________________________________________ Contact:______________________________________________________ Phone Number:_______________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________ A little information about your organization (for the parade announcer) ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________

Bands

_____Adult Band _____High School Band _____Other Band

Color Guards

_____Adult Color Guard _____Senior Color Guard _____Junior Color Guard

Marching Units

_____Senior Drill Team _____Junior Drill Team _____ Senior Majorette team with batons _____ Junior Majorette team with batons _____Drum Corps _____Drum Major

Floats

____ Commercial

_____ Non-Commercial

____ Combined

Other (please describe) _____ Fees

Private businesses, for-profit organizations, and general public: $250 for a car-sized vehicle, $400 for large truck-sized vehicles, $150 for thematic, decorated floats Politicians and other candidates running for public office (whether walking or riding in a car): $400 School-sponsored groups (bands, alumni, sports teams, etc.), public safety, military organizations, and private non-profit charitable organizations: Free In addition to the above categories, all units are eligible for the following: Grand Marshal’s Trophy (Best Overall Entry) Mayor’s Trophy (First Runner-up) Festival Trophy (Second Runner-up)

The Jaycees reserve the right to eliminate any categories because of lack of participation. By entering the parade, the applicant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold the Chagrin Valley Jaycees harmless from any claim, demand or liability whatsoever arising out of the conduct or actions, at any time, of the parade applicant, its agents, employees or participants, or arising from any other matters not under the direct control of the Jaycees or any criminal or civil suit be brought naming the Jaycees or any of its Officers, Directors or members as defendants, and/or the parade applicant, then in that event, the applicant shall indemnify and defend the Jaycees. Agreed:

Sign…………………………… Print Name……………………………… Date....................


Blossom Time Festival Parade “The Toys Are Back in Town” Parade Date

May 29th, 2011

Assembly Time

12:30 PM, sharp!

Assembly Area

Chagrin Falls High School athletic field, one mile east of the center of town, located at 400 East Washington Street (see attached map for exact location.) There will be dressing rooms available in the recreation building in the assembly area.

Parking

Buses may discharge passengers and park either in the assembly area or in the parking lot downtown at the end of the parade route. Private autos may pass through the assembly areas to drop off parade participants, but may NOT park at the assembly area or St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Violators will be immediately towed!

Awards

The Parade will be judged at the reviewing stand (in Triangle Park, at the end of the parade route) by All-American Judges. Winning units in the categories listed on the registration form will be notified by mail in the week following the parade. If your group wins a category, and you would like a trophy, please email parade@cvjc.org or call 440-247-1004. Trophies will only be furnished to groups that acknowledge they would like one.

Special Notes

Units should keep moving, but not so quickly as to crowd the unit ahead of them. Please keep 50 feet behind the unit you follow. All drills must be completed in a forward motion to expedite movement of the parade. Majorettes must also keep a forward motion in front of the judges’ stand. No stopping! To be fair to units that adhere to this rule, the judges will automatically disqualify violators.

Entry Deadline

Friday, April 29th, 2011


Blossom Time Festival in Chagrin Falls, ” Ohio “The Toys Are Back in Town

Falls High School and Parade Route designated in BLUE

Staging areas: Chagrin St. Joan of Arc Church Parking Lot

The street will be closed 1/2 hour before the start of the parade. 2:00 p.m., but with Please arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. Parade will start at hundreds of entries and thousands of spectators, traffic always becomes an issue. To help control the chaos, we will issue your entry a number that day. At that time, please go to that numbered location and allow units behind you to continue on to their numbered locations. The front of the parade is reserved for color guards, police, fire departments and EMS. All other entries will be assigned a spot at the parade committee’s discretion.


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