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2013 Homecoming Parade Standards and Guidelines

1) The 2013 Homecoming Parade will be held on Saturday, 5 October 2013 Downtown Huntsville, Alabama. AAMU Parade Sub-Committee must receive entry applications by close of business on Tuesday, 1 October 2013. All applications received by email will be acknowledged with an e-mail or telephonic response on the day/week of receipt.  Make sure all FAX applications have a point of contact if you want a response to your Application.

2) All organizations that would like to participate in the parade must enter a Float or Marching Unit. There will be a limited number of Cars, Trucks & SUVs allowed for University VIP Personnel. No Motorcycles will be allowed.

3) The parade held during the homecoming celebration of Alabama
Agricultural and Mechanical University is designed to highlight the uniqueness of the institution.  Entries must be for the express purpose of enhancing and promoting the university, and must, therefore, comply with the established guidelines.

4) ALL parade participants must read all information carefully, complete the parade application, sign the Release from Liability Statement and forward application as requested.  Ensure all required information is provided, this will ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible.

5) All parade entries must have a sign or banner that identifies their organization, that incorporates the Homecoming Theme or a sign or Banner that support Alabama A&M University.  Off Campus Organizations and Businesses that would like to participate must display signs & banners that reflect their support for Alabama A&M University.
6) All parade participants are responsible for the safety, operations, and conduct of their entry. The parade committee is not responsible for providing vehicles, performing maintenance or for providing decorations.

7) All vehicles used to pull Floats must be decorated with a sign or Banner. All  vehicles must be CLEAN and in good running condition. Vehicles must have at a  minimum, a magnetic sign to identify the organization and should have additional decorations to show school spirit and to incorporate the Homecoming Theme.

The line-up will be located Downtown Huntsville at LOT K. on the corner of Woodson Street and Holmes Ave. The Parade will exit Lot K onto Holmes Ave, proceed East on Holmes Ave to Monroe Street, Turn left on Monroe Street to Spragings Street, Turn right on Spragings Street to Clinton Ave, Turn Right on Clinton Ave and Return to LOT  K.

1) ALL floats must incorporate an Alabama A&M University Homecoming theme into their design. The Theme for Homecoming 2013 is ”.

2) To qualify as a float, an entry must be skirted, and all objects on it must be completely decorated in sheeting or its equivalent.
Bands, Dance Teams and Marching Groups
1. Band Bus Parking will be designated at the parade Line-up Site.  Bands are asked to minimize use of Personal Vehicles for Chaperons. Chaperons are recommended to ride the Band Bus. Parking for Band Chaperons in their personal vehicles is limited or may not be available at Parade line-up site.  Please help parking situation by having Band Chaperons ride the Band Buses and minimize chaperon-driven personal vehicles.
2. Dance Teams Members and Marching Groups should link up with all of their personnel before arrival to Line-up site. Organizations participating in the parade are responsible for coordinating with their personnel before arrival to line-up site.
3. In accordance with Huntsville City Parade Ordinance, Section 18-101, Title: Special Events, all units including marching bands, dance troupes, and so forth must maintain forward movement. Dance teams may not stop the parade for a performance. If a Marching Units stops the parade, they will be ask to move along or be removed from the parade. 
Parade Restrictions and Safety Guidelines
1. No Motorcycles Entries. Due to local and state safety restrictions, no motorcycles or Motor Cycle group applications will be accepted for this parade.
2. No CANDY or any other items may be thrown from a moving vehicle, Float nor thrown from a Marching Unit. Marching Units can hand out candy along the parade route. To ensure that children are not running into the parade route, in front of moving vehicles and horses, this rule will be strictly enforced by the Huntsville City Police Department.

3. No person or persons will be permitted to ride on top of their car or on the hood. No drivers will be allowed to drive with feet extended out of the window or with their feet on the dashboard. Drivers will not be allowed to exit their vehicle once parade starts, especially while the vehicle is moving. Any unsafe act (s) observed by Huntsville City Police may be cause for removal from the parade site.

4.No Political Campaigning. AAMU Homecoming Parade is not a platform for addressing public, political or private issues.  No political campaigning will be allowed, no distribution of political material, no entries for political reasons will be allowed. All politicians must obtain university officials approval before entrance is granted for the parade. Political leaders/Political organizations that are approved for entry into the parade must address Alabama A&M University themes, and/or acknowledge the celebration of the university’s achievements or unique heritage.

5. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed or displayed before or during the parade.

6. No Stopping the Parade for personal performances. In accordance with Huntsville City Parade Ordinance, Section 18-101, Title:
Special Events, all units including marching bands, dance troupes, and so forth must maintain a forward movement. Units may not stop to perform anywhere along the route, there is no performance area or stage for this parade. This ordinance is repeated throughout the guidelines to ensure compliance.

7. Any violations of the stated guidelines could result in the removal from parade, arrest by Huntsville Police Department and the exclusion from future participation in AAMU Homecoming Parades.

1) Equestrian Units are allowed in the Parade.

2) Equestrian units must have prior parade experience and verification that the horses are safe and healthy enough to complete the Parade route without medical assistance.

3) Equestrian units (all entries) must have animals outfitted with bags. Equestrian units will not be permitted entry if they are not outfitted with a Bag. Approved Equestrian units will be positioned at the end of the parade.Approved Equestrian units that show up and their Horses are not outfitted with Bags will not be allowed to Participate.