Parade Entry Guidelines

General Guidelines 

  • All entries must complete an application and liability waiver to participate in the parade.

  • The Driver must attend the MANDATORY Drivers meeting on Dec. 8th at 6 PM located at RTA Train Station.

  • There must be a minimum of 12-inch rails on trailers (floats) including the front and sides.

  • Before being placed in the parade route there will be a CHECKPOINT, if your float does NOT meet the rules and regulations, you will be turned to the left and circle back around.

  • At the end of the parade, there will be 3 drop-off locations, before participants can offload the vehicle/ float must come to a complete stop and have engines turned off before offloading the float participants. 

  • The individual who completes this parade application is responsible for their group’s participants.

  • Transportation to and from the staging and pick-up location is the responsibility of the participants.

  • All entries must promote the parade theme of “A Tennessee Christmas”.

  • Parade Line-Up will be on a first-in, first-out basis and will start at 7:30 AM. Line-Up will end at 9:30 AM.

  • During Parade Line-Up ONLY the vehicle pulling the float will be allowed in the staging area. NO EXTRA VEHICLES!

  • Drivers MUST always stay with their floats. Leaving a float/vehicle unattended is strictly prohibited.

  • Parade float and entries shall have a banner that identifies the group or organization.

  • All pulled float trailers must be a minimum of 12 feet in length. Smaller trailers will not be allowed.

  • Walking Participants must have a float/ vehicle due to the length of the parade route.

  • Walkers are limited to 20 participants per float/entry.

  • Absolutely NO stopping for dancing or distribution of any kind along the parade route.

  • All participants/entries must remain moving in a forward motion with the parade during the whole event.

  • No Santa’s or full Santa costumes. Our real Santa would be very jealous.

  • Parade participants must be dressed in holiday, festive attire.

  • Candy may be passed out by parade participants and should be tossed as close to the sidewalks as possible, so children are NOT tempted to run into the street.

  • Parade will go on rain or shine. Except for severe weather, there will be a Rainout Date scheduled.  

  • Beginning at 10:45 AM on parade day, there will be a moment of silence to honor the memory of Rowan Ace Frensley as well as a prayer.

Portable Toilet facilities will be available for individuals at the staging location.

Vehicle Entry Guidelines 

  • Antique autos that were manufactured before 1975 will be permitted to participate in the parade.

  • Other vehicle entries may be permitted at the discretion of the committee on a case-by-case basis.

  • Vehicles do not require an identification banner but should be decorated with a Christmas spirit.

  • At all times, Vehicles should be driven in a safe manner and adhere to Tennessee State Law (TCA).



PARADE STAGING DROP-OFF – Mt. Juliet League (10835 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet, TN 37122)

All participants and floats should arrive at the staging area between 7:00 AM – 10:00AM. If you arrive past 10:00 AM, you will not be allowed to participate in the parade. Floats will enter at the side street beside Publix and El Comal off of HWY 70/ Lebanon Rd.


PARADE END PICK-UP – 1. The Lot beside Local Joe's Restaurant  2. MJ Chamber of Commerce (2055 N. Mt. Juliet Rd. Mt. Juliet, TN 37122) 3. The Fellowship Ministries (490 Industrial Dr. Mt. Juliet, TN 37122)

All participants and floats will end the parade on East Division Street. You will have 3 pick-up locations for all parade participants. 1. The Lot beside Local Joe's Restaurant 2. Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce and 3. The Fellowship off of Industrial Drive.