PARADE THEME: Nation of Innovation

We welcome all kinds of entries!

The categories for judging in the parade are:

  • Classic Vehicle
  • Horse, Animal
  • Performance
  • Marching,
  • Non-commercial
  • Commercial

Please find descriptions of these categories in the entry form. Certificates are awarded for each category, and a grand prize will be awarded to one entry for Best Reflection of Parade Theme. Additionally, the three best-decorated floats in this year’s parade will receive a cash prize (first place, $200; second place, $100; third place, $75).

If you would like to mail in your application form, send it to:

P.O. Box 1347 Novato, CA 94949


Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the committee & will be charged double the regular fee for the category.

Live band, US Military unit, or VIP driver = no fee

School or PTA = $30

Non-Commercial individual or group = $50

Small Business (fewer than 25 employees) = $70

Large Business (25 or more employees) = $100

Political candidate or ballot issue = $150

Additional Vehicle Fee

Your entry fee includes registration for one motorized vehicle (including motorcycles and floats) in your unit. There is a $30 fee for each additional vehicle in your unit.

Additional Vehicles entered

__x $30 + entry fee (from above) $  = total fee $

2023 Parade Application

July 4, 2023 Fourth of July Application of Participation Parade Theme: Nation of Innovation

  • ADDITIONAL VEHICLE FEE: Your fee entry includes registration for one motorized vehicle (including motorcycles and floats) in your unit. There is a $30 fee for each additional vehicle in your unit.
  • Price: $30.00
  • NOTE In your parade packet, you will receive one permit for each vehicle entered; please ensure you have registered all vehicles in your unit. You will not be able to add additional vehicles to your unit on parade day.
  • 3. Insurance All horse units must list “Novato 4th of July Parade Committee” as a named additional insured. If your unit includes any motorized vehicles, you must list liability insurance company(s) and policy number(s) below. NOTE All drivers must carry current California driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Please read carefully and then sign.

    Agreement: Time Limit.

    I understand that performances at each reviewing stand are limited to (1) one minute only. After which I may be disqualified and asked over the PA system to move on. Other performances must be while in motion along the parade route, and may be made on floats, flatbeds, or while walking.

    Agreement: Throwing Objects.

    Throwing any object including candy or souvenirs into the crowd is strictly prohibited. Doing so will result in not being asked to participate in future parades.

    Agreement: Liability Waiver.

    Please read both the liability wavier and media release carefully, and then sign below. As consideration for being permitted to participate in the July 4, 2020 Parade. I hearby release the City of Novato and their officers and employees, and the Novato 4th of July Parade Committee and their agents and representatives and waive all claims for damage or injury I may incur through participation in this Parade. I understand and recognize that animals will be participating in the Parade and that neither the City of Novato nor the sponsors can guarantee the behavior or actions of these animals and that their presence may create a distraction or physical condition not otherwise present in the location of the parade. I also understand that neither the City of Novato nor any sponsor can predict or prevent possible negligent, malicious, irresponsible or damaging conduct by one or more members of the public who will be attracted to the parade. As a participant I assume all risks to my person and property that are foreseeable (including but not limited to those above identified) in connection with a parade on a public street. In addition I promise and agree to indemnify and hold all said groups harmless from any loss, liability or damage that may occur to persons, animals, or property as a result of my actions or from the actions of any animal or equipment I own or operate at the parade site.

    Agreement: Media Release.

    On behalf of myself and the other participants in my entry in the 4th of July 2020 Parade, I/We hereby grant the Novato 4th of July Parade Committee unrestricted rights to use and publish photographs and/or video of this entry and the entry's participants, or persons accompanying it, for editorial, trade, publicity, or any other purpose and in any manner or medium, in perpetuity, and without compensation. I/We hereby release the Novato 4th of July Parade Committee and their legal representatives and assignee's from all claims and liability relating to said photography and/or video imaging processes.
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