Concerning the parade...
I am pleased to announce that participants can once again hand out goodies along
There are rules that MUST BE FOLLOWED.
If they aren't, we'll lose the privilege again and won't get it back. AND
there's a possibility that those who do not follow the rules (and yes, gods and
goddesses, pirates and other scofflaw denizens in the parade are included...)
could get banned from the parade for a to be determined time. In this digital
and surveillance crazy age, the parade is videotaped by DCTV, individuals who
upload to Youtube and other web sites, and media outlets so please think before
Here are the rules:
1. Anything handed out CANNOT be of a commercial promotional nature unless you
have prior clearance (which generally means a sponsorship agreement in place
with D*C). Fan groups are the only exception but please contact me ASAP to
discuss what you plan to give out.
REMINDER that NO commercial promotion or advertising of any kind is allowed in
the parade except as allowed by in place sponsorship agreements. This includes
but is not limited to banners, signs, and vehicle decoration/art, etc. that
include the name of your business or service, web site and/or other contact
information. Violating this will definitely get you banned. Fan groups promoting
their organizations are excepted - contact me if you aren't absolutely sure you
qualify as a fan group.
2. "Street teams" and individuals associated with anyone in the parade may NOT
hand out things to spectators from the the sidewalks. No exceptions.
3. Whatever is given out MUST be handed to the recipient, placed right into
their hands. This means no flinging/tossing/shooting from cannons, etc. candy,
toys, trinkets, beads, coins, tee shirts or any other items into the crowds
along the route.
4. Anything that may cause litter to be left behind is not allowed. I realize
this is a broad statement. If you are thinking of handing out candies, please
politely remind the recipient to use the trash cans on the sidewalks and not
litter our City's streets. Or you might decide not to give out candies or other
5. The parade is rated PG-13 and our spectators include tons of small children.
Do not give out anything that might be considered "adult" in nature or
6. The parade is a "no politics" zone. Nothing pertaining to 'real life'
issues, conspiracies, campaigns, policies or positions, or political and social
action groups can be handed out or displayed during the parade. No exceptions.
7. NO flyers, brochures, cards or paper items can be distributed or handed out.
A long list, I know, and one that depends in part upon everyone's best
Why is all this important? Dragon*Con is held responsible for everything left
on the streets after the parade - every cup, every candy wrapper, every
MickeyD's bag, every trinket, every bit of stuff that we as participants as well
as the spectators drop or leave behind.
We clean up after ourselves (and that ain't cheap) but if the City decides we
have still trashed their streets - and they check it out after the parade is
over - they can make holding the parade in future years a very, very expensive
and tedious proposition. We don't want that to happen as it could eventually
lead to the demise of the parade.
Additionally, the parade is the public face of Dragon*Con and is meant to
showcase everything that is amazing and wonderful about our con and our
community. It is meant to be enjoyed by everyone. Please don't do anything
(and I know you won't but need to say this anyway) that will reflect poorly on