Ski to Sea Blossomtime Parade Entry Form

Ski to Sea Blossomtime Parade May 23rd, 2015
Presented by: Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce
Sponsored by: Camel Safari

2015 Theme: Honoring our Heroes
Grand Marshal - TBA

The parade route begins at the corner of Alabama and Cornwall, progresses south on Cornwall, turns east on E. Champion and then turns north on N. State to the finish at N. State and York.

General Rules and Procedures

Registration booth will open at 9:00 AM, May 23rd, 2015
Registration/Staging: 10:00 AM  | Judging: 10:30 AM  | Parade starts: 12:00 PM

Selection Criteria: Your entry must fit into one of the categories described in the application online: business, charitable non-profit or community.

  • Entry into the Ski to Sea Blossomtime Parade is based on the following selection criteria:
  • Entries built or designed to provide high entertainment value for parade spectators.
  • Entries displaying a creative theme or approach with broad-based appeal.
  • Entries with prior local, regional or national parade/event experience.
  • With the exception of floats, entries must be representative of an organization which has been in existence for a minimum of one year.
1. All entries are by invitation only and must be approved by the Ski to Sea Blossomtime Parade Committee. Receipt of this application does not guarantee acceptance into the Ski to Sea Blossomtime Parade. Accepted entries will receive written notification.
2. Car clubs, stock cars and antique cars are encouraged to participate.
3. All parade participants must by 14 years of age or older with three exceptions: persons on floats, middle school bands and the Ski to Sea Junior Parade Grand Prize winner.
4. No material or candy may be handed out or thrown along the line of marchers in the parade. Distribution of gifts, merchandise, literature or other material along the line of marchers is prohibited. Throwing candy is prohibited. Materials can be handed out behind the crowd on the sidewalk only.
5. Marching units are permitted forward movement only. A space of 50 feet between each unit will be enforced. All units are required to close the gap between units when ordered by the parade officials.
6. Alcoholic beverages are forbidden on any float, in any vehicle or on the person of any participant.
7. Floats and other units advocating, opposing or depicting any political, religious or social issues are subject to approval of the Ski to Sea Blossomtime Parade Committee.
8. The Parade Committee reserves the right to withdraw any entry where costume or performance does not meet the standards of reasonable public taste or conform to the parade rules.
9. Business entries sponsored by or displaying commercial signage will be charged $350 to enter the parade. The fee is waived for sponsors of the Ski to Sea Festival and some members of the BWCCI.
10. Evidence of Insurance for bodily injury and property damage with limits of $300,000 combined insurance shall be required for all specialty units, floats & vehicles. The Ski to Sea Festival, the BWCCI, and the City of Bellingham must be named as additional insured. Evidence of your insurance must accompany your application. Any unit not supplying evidence of insurance will not be allowed to participate.
11. A ten pound fire extinguisher is required for all specialty units and floats. Floats must be entirely decorated, including any pulling unit if entry has two units. Floats will be inspected after judging & prior to parade start.
12. (a) Bands must maintain a forward motion at all times or they will be disqualified.  
      (b) School bands will be inspected before they march.  
      (c) Judging results will be announced via website following the parade.
      (d) Trophies will be presented by Chamber staff before the end of the school year.
13. Judging will take place at 10:30 AM. To be judged, entries must be staged and checked in promptly by 10:00 AM.
14. Equestrian units will be judged at 11:00 AM and must provide a cleanup unit. Clean up is expected before, during & after the event.
15. Parade participants may not mingle with or accost parade route spectators.
16. No additional vehicles (including but not limited to cars, vans or scooters) will be allowed to accompany marching units unless deemed necessary by the Parade Committee.
17. Dignitaries/royalty must supply their own vehicles & signs for the parade.
18. Floats cannot be taller than 13’ from street level.
19. No loud sirens, horns or any noise that would interfere with band performance and equestrian entries.

The Ski to Sea Blossomtime Parade Committee’s decision regarding entrants is final.

Evidence of insurance (Motor vehicle entries only)
A certificate of insurance for liability (bodily injury and property damage) With limits of $300,000 is required of all entries — NO EXCEPTIONS. The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the City of Bellingham must be named as additional insured. Certificates of insurance must accompany the application. Cars/trucks must show proof of automobile insurance. In consideration of acceptance of this application, the applicant agrees to save and hold harmless the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Ski to Sea Festival Parade Committee, their officers, employees, and agents from any loss or damage to persons or property caused by operation of applicant’s unit in connection with the festival or parade activities and further agrees to defend the Ski to Sea Festival Division and the Chamber from any and all claims for such damage.

Deadline date for all entries is May 8th, 2015, 4 PM. 

Shelli Jones

Enter name exactly how you would like the Bellingham Herald to print it.

Please describe your entry above, in full, using the following information: name of celebrities, royalty or riders; description of costumes or uniform; cultural or ethnic representation; past appearances or awards; years in existence as a group or organization; and any special interest story that makes your entry unique. Please print clearly. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, records, or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose and I understand that my name may be listed in the results posted in media publications including but not limited to online and newspapers.

If you selected "Other" in the options above please fill out the "Other" type of music you would like.

Commercial - Any company that is a commercial enterprise and displays a company name, logo and/or advertising on the parade entry is considered a commercial entry.
Charitable non-profit - Any non-profit group whose primary objective/mission is charitable in nature.
Community - People with some shared element (i.e. Club, association, church, team, cultural or ethnic group).

Please, fill out separate form for each unit.

limit 13’

I have read the General Rules and Procedures for the Ski to Sea Grand Parade, understand them and agree to be bound by their terms.

By typing your name in the box you are acknowledging that you are providing us with a digital signature, which is legally binding. You must be a signator for the business you are registering.

If you are interested in discounted member pricing, please contact Marvin Riggs at (360) 734-1330.