The entry deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Winter Lights Parade.
The 2018 Winterlights Parade is Friday, November 30 at 6:30 pm. The parade committee will accept 50 entries of all sorts; walking, bands, animals, and floats! Last year a boat won first place commercial! Mayor Tammy will be joined on the holiday stage by radio morning hosts from 94.9 the River DJ's Ken Bass and Debbie Courson.
Thanks again to Borton-Lakey Law and Policy - our parade presenting sponsor!
Fees are $100 for commercial, $50 for nonprofit (501 c3 organizations) and free to school groups. A link with payment details will be emailed after the application deadline has closed.
Application deadline is Nov. 19, 2018
*The best car club category has been changed to Best Motorized Vehicle to include ATVS, Motorcycles and other self-propelled entries.
Fill Out & Submit Online Application
Step 3. An email will be sent to selected applicants that include payment instructions after the entry deadline.
Creating your parade entry:
Every float entry must have a minimum of 500 lights, but we want to light up Main Street so the more lights the better!.
For non-float entries, each car/motorcycle/bicycle/individual/animal in the group MUST be decorated and have some kind of lights.No exceptions!
Parade entries cannot be wider than 10 feet to safely navigate around the downtown medians.
For safety reasons, every float entry must have a minimum of 2 spotters, at least 1 walking on either side of the vehicle
No Santa Claus of any kind may be used in any entry. There will be just one Santa Claus at the end of the parade. Santa hats are acceptable.
Every float entry will be inspected on-site prior to the parade by the Meridian Fire Department.Inspection will include:
Every parade float is required to have a fire extinguisher that is easily accessible to the operator.
If generators are being used to power lights or other items, they must be GFI protected.
All exhaust pipes must be clear and nothing combustible may rest against the exhaust or catalytic converter.
Day of Parade
Each entry will be assigned a number for lining up.Your number will be e-mailed no later than Monday, November 26. You will be put in order based and given space based on what your entry states.Multiple vehicles require multiple parade applications.If you only have one number – you are only allowed one entry.
The parade line-up will take place in Storey Park and the Meridian Speedway.All entries MUST be in position by 6:00 pm.
To keep children from running into the road nothing may be thrown from any parade entry! This includes; candy, novelties, toys, advertising material, etc. Accompanying walkers may distribute (not throw) items along the sides of the parade route.This rule will be strictly enforced.Be sure to tell ALL your parade participants this rule
During the parade, each entry should maintain a safe distance of about 30-40 feet between them and the unit in front of them.Please keep up with the unit in front of you to avoid gaps!
Parade entries letting participants off their floats at the end of the parade must merge out of the street/ parade route to avoid backing up the rest of the parade.
All animals in the parade must be under control at all times.Horse riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets.Every animal group is required to have a clean-up crew.Units without a clean-up crew will not be allowed to participate.
Noise level may not exceed 95 decibels including any sirens or air horns.Only holiday themed music is permitted.
Parade entries must be appropriate for all ages, values, and sensibilities, and may not include language, attire, and/or behavior that is profane, sexual, violent, or discriminatory.