Homecoming Parade Application

2022 Homecoming Parade Rules

General Rules

  1. Mandatory attendance is required at the Homecoming meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, 6 p.m. At the meeting, the fire marshal will inspect and approve drawings of floats and golf carts. Please send a representative from your organization with a drawing of your planned entry.
  2. Entry forms and plans are due online by Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022.
  3. No entry fee, but a $50 commitment/cleanup deposit is required. Recognized Student Organizations should provide their SOFS account number on the application as a deposit. Accounts only will be charged if needed. Failure to participate in the parade after submission of an entry, failure to dispose of used materials after the parade, any charges incurred from towing, or any other charges will result in your organization’s SOFS account being charged the $50 commitment/cleanup deposit and using it to cover those losses. Any incurred costs exceeding $50 pertaining to your entry/fire extinguisher is the sole responsibility of your organization and not the Parade Steering Committee, the UNL Homecoming parade, or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  4. Groups will be responsible for setup, participation during the parade, and teardown/cleanup immediately after the parade.
  5. Reference to violence, alcohol, drugs or use of derogatory language will NOT be permitted. If references occur the entry will be disqualified and removed from the parade at the discretion of parade officials. This also will constitute the breaking of the cleanup /commitment and said organization will therefore lose the $50 cleanup deposit.
  6. The Parade Steering Committee will inspect the floats/golf carts to ensure that floats/golf carts are safe and appropriate. Safety concerns including structural integrity and staying within the building parameters. No float can be taller than 14 feet from the ground up and no wider than 8 feet.
  7. One entry per participating organization.
  8. The Parade Steering Committee, Homecoming Committee, and the University of Nebraska Lincoln are not responsible for any injuries/damages suffered before/during/after the parade.
  9. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has entered into a contract with Pepsi. Reference to other soda or energy drink vendors is strictly prohibited. Any displays with any other soda or energy drink vendors will be disqualified and will be immediately removed from the Homecoming Parade.

FLOAT ENTRIES

  1. All float entries and their subsequent final plans must be submitted at the mandatory Homecoming meeting for approval. The fire marshal for the city of Lincoln will be at the mandatory meeting.
  2. Work and design must be done by participating team members only. Assistance from persons not currently members of the group will result in disqualification from the competition. The parade will take place around dusk/night, so special consideration should be taken to illuminate the entry.
    • No halogen lights or generators will be allowed because of the combustive nature of the floats.
    • Christmas/rope lighting is allowed as well as lights that do not radiate heat.
    • No open flames allowed.
    • A fire extinguisher must be present on all float entries and will be supplied by the Parade Steering Committee before the start of the parade.
  3. The name of the organization(s) must be clearly displayed.
  4. No trailers or carts of any kind can be pulled by the golf cart.
  5. A maximum of two individuals may ride in the automobile pulling the trailer. Both individuals must provide a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance to the Student Government office by Thursday, September 29, 2022.
  6. Speed limit is 10 MPH in the parade and 5 MPH in staging and de-staging areas.
  7. Individuals on the float/golf cart must stay on the float and individuals walking on the street must stay on the street from the period the float exits the staging area until it enters the de-staging area.
  8. NO candy, leaflets, food, pencils, or other items may be THROWN from the entries at any time. HOWEVER, candy, leaflets or other items may be HANDED out, under the following circumstances: A minimum of two persons must be on each side of the entry, at the outermost edges of the street at ALL TIMES, to pass out items to spectators. Entries violating this policy will be removed from the parade and entry will not be refunded. This will be enforced by parade security and the University Police.
  9. No members participating in the parade can be under the influence of mind-altering substances (alcohol, drugs, etc.).
  10. Damage sustained to the float (created decorative entry), during the course of the parade is the responsibility of the organization signing this application not the Homecoming Parade Committee, the University of Nebraska or Board of Regents. Damage or injury incurred from the reckless or dangerous behavior by participants is the responsibility of the organization signing this application not the the Homecoming Parade Committee or the University of Nebraska.

GOLF CART ENTRIES

  1. All golf cart entries and their subsequent final plans must be submitted at the mandatory Homecoming meeting for approval. The fire marshal for the city of Lincoln will be at the mandatory meeting.
  2. Work and design must be done by participating team members only. Assistance from persons not currently members of the group will result in disqualification from the competition. The parade will take place around dusk/night, so special consideration should be taken to illuminate the entry.
    • No halogen lights or generators will be allowed because of the combustive nature of the floats.
    • Christmas/rope lighting is allowed as well as lights that do not radiate heat.
    • No open flames allowed.
    • A fire extinguisher must be present on all golf cart entries and will be supplied by the Parade Steering Committee before the start of the parade.
  3. The name of the organization(s) must be clearly displayed.
  4. A maximum of four individuals may ride in the golf cart.
  5. Any driver must provide a valid driver’s license on the day of the event.
  6. Speed limit is 10 MPH in the parade and 5 MPH in staging and de-staging areas.
  7. Individuals on the golf cart must stay on the golf cart and individuals walking on the street must stay on the street from the period the golf cart exits the staging area until it enters the de-staging area.
  8. NO candy, leaflets, food, pencils, or other items may be THROWN from the entries at any time. HOWEVER, candy, leaflets or other items may be HANDED out, under the following circumstances: A minimum of two persons must be on each side of the entry, at the outermost edges of the street at ALL TIMES, to pass out items to spectators. Entries violating this policy will be removed from the parade and entry will not be refunded. This will be enforced by parade security and the University Police.
  9. No members participating in the parade can be under the influence of mind-altering substances (alcohol, drugs, etc.).
  10. Damage sustained to the golf cart (created decorative entry), during the course of the parade is the responsibility of the organization signing this application not the Homecoming Parade Committee, the University of Nebraska or Board of Regents. Damage or injury incurred from the reckless or dangerous behavior by participants is the responsibility of the organization signing this application not the the Homecoming Parade Committee or the University of Nebraska.
  11. Decorations must be temporary and removable.
  12. Decorations must NOT damage or deface the golf carts.
  13. Items including, but not limited to, paint, glue, screws, nails, or wood may not be used to attach items to golf carts.
  14. Decorations must NOT interfere with the proper mechanical functions of the golf cart. For example, decorations that would excessively weigh down the golf cart or impair tire or steering wheel movements are prohibited.
Rules Acknowledgement Required
Mandatory Parade Meeting Required
Fire Extinguisher Required
COVID-19 Acknowledgement Required