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Saturday, October  22nd, 2022 11:00AM RAIN OR SHINE

SATURDAY QUEEN'S PARADE RULES

  1. All entry forms may be hand-delivered or mailed to the Yamboree Office  106 Buffalo St., Gilmer, TX 75644, or emailed to gilmerparades@gmail.com.
  2. No horses are allowed in the East Texas Yamboree Queen's Parade.

  3. No motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, UTVs, (any vehicle that is not street legal), or any off-road vehicles will be allowed in the parade unless being used by a parade official.
  4. Our parade is in honor of our newly elected reigning East Texas Yamboree Queen. She is the most important person in our parade as history stands on our side. The East Texas Yamboree Queen’s parade is a family parade promoted, organized, funded, and run by the East Texas Yamboree Association. The East Texas Yamboree Association is exercising its rights to the protection of the use of private speech which is guaranteed under the First Amendment by removing anyone or group that does not support our family's first agenda.

    1. Family First Agenda – Removal of any group/individual or activity that involves disparaging anyone based on ethnicity, religion, gender, handicap, or sexuality. This also pertains to any suggestive dancing that involves salacious moves being performed by children commonly referred to as “dirty dancing or twerking”.

    2. Hate Speech – Removal of any group/individual or object that is deemed offensive and violates the East Texas Yamboree Associations' protections of its private First Amendment rights. Examples but not limited to Confederate attire not limited to Battle Flags or any other confederate symbols or flags, Black Lives Matter colors, White Lives Matter colors, wearing of white supremacist colors, gang colors, motorcycle club jackets, and attire, racist music, etc.

    3. Political Speech – The East Texas Yamboree Association does not allow political speech whether from a candidate running or in office, and they may not have a float (VEHICLE, WALKING GROUP, ETC.) or any other political devices (FLYERS, LEAFLETS, ETC.) that may be used to espouse their ideology.

  5. The deadline for all entries is September 29th, 2022.

  6. Commercial floats are encouraged to enter. An award will be presented but no cash will be awarded.

  7. No traffic will be allowed on Titus St. from 8:00 am Saturday until the conclusion of the parade.

  8. All bands will sound off in front of Gilmer National Bank facing Titus St., this is the official starting point of the parade.

  9.  Antique/Classic Cars & Trucks from the Classic Car Show will be allowed to participate in the Queen's Parade. They will be selected at the discretion of the Car Show Chairman.

  10. No entry may throw trinkets, or candy, pass out flyers, blow loud horns, or use police-style strobe lights, or sirens (except the police and other emergency vehicles that kick off the parade) from vehicles or floats. Drill Teams may use pre-recorded music during their bandstand performance.

  11. Each school will have a limited number of vehicles in the Queen's Parade. Schools that have vehicles in the Queen’s Parade will have a pass that needs to be shown to the parade official and or police officer that will allow them access to the parade entrance at Redbud and Titus St. where they will be placed in their slot. Please keep this pass on your dash as it will make for an easier transition for everyone involved.

  12. Entries must travel with the contours of the parade route; weaving is frowned upon.

  13. Jr. High and High School Cheerleaders are encouraged to ride in the backs of pickups cheering as they ride. They will be given one opportunity to perform at the bandstand; the routine must last no longer than 2 minutes. Longer performances will cause gaps in the parade.

  14. Jr. High Bands, High School Bands, and Drill Teams will be allowed to perform once in front of the bandstand; please keep the performances under 4 minutes as longer times will cause gaps in the parade.

  15. Youth Dance/Marching groups with members aged 7 and under are encouraged to have them not walk the parade route but to ride on a float.

  16. We limit the number of cars allowed in the Queen's Parade every year to keep it from getting too long time-wise. That is why we are encouraging dance groups, marching groups, family reunions, class reunions, and beauty pageant winners to build floats instead of riding in vehicles. This way you can all ride together on one float instead of being spread out over a larger area of the parade route. You will also have the opportunity to compete for prizes and awards which you would not have riding in a car.

  17. Float entries that were once marching groups, dance groups, family reunions, class reunions, and beauty pageant winners need to make sure and write a paragraph explaining what their float is about and send at least 2 pictures of the completed float by the September 29th, 2022 deadline.

  18. All floats to be judged must be on the Gilmer National Bank parking lot by 8:00 am with everyone on their floats by 9:00 am. All other float entries must be on the lot by 10:00 am. All award winners must provide 2 people to carry their award banners during the parade.

  19. School buses only on Walker St. Buses will unload on Railroad St and can park there or they can go on to the high school. All cars bringing people that are riding on floats must enter at Redbud (where the green Charity Box is) and Lawrence St. at the railroad track; we usually have a parade official or a police officer there. Please have your parking pass handy. Parking is allowed on the north side of the float barns.

  20. The tractors need to enter Redbud and Titus St and are placed on the Gilmer National Bank repo lot to be entered in the parade. After the parade, they are to go to the classic car show area to be displayed if they so wish.

  21. Do not walk back thru the parade route once you have finished with the parade. This will only cause problems for the officials.

  22. Please leave your banner on your float so that the parade officials may pick them up later.

  23. No one may stand higher than our reigning East Texas Yamboree Queen. Please measure your floats to help us enforce this rule. We cannot control the physical height of the Queen or the Ladies-in-Waiting but we can control the height of the floats.

  24. No animals will be allowed to be carried (on the floats) or walk beside the floats during the Queen's Parade. This violates the rules that we have on the square where only service animals are permitted entry into the carnival area. If you are planning on using live animals as part of the theme of your float they must be either in a cage or in a kennel and be kept on the float.
  25. The Friday School/Youth Parade and the Saturday Yamboree Queen's Parade are two vastly different and distinct parades.  The Friday School /Youth Parade showcases the local schools and their talented individuals that have received awards during the school year. It is the first parade where our new reigning Queen is presented to the public to see with her Ladies-in-Waiting. The Queen's Parade showcases the Queen's Float as well as the other six Ladies-in-Waiting's Club Floats and several business floats compete for awards and prizes. Registering for one DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY REGISTER YOU FOR THE OTHER.

  26. Drivers in the Queen's parade must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license and insurance.
  27. Violators of these rules will be punished with removal from the parade route and may not be allowed back in other years.
  28. The East Texas Yamboree Parade Chairman has the final say on all entries that will be in the parade and has the right to remove any entry at the parade that he deems is in violation of the terms or spirit of the rules.

ENTRY FORM