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Information and Rules

The Escondido VetFest parade is for the enjoyment of all the participants and the spectators. Please read and advise all members of your entry of the following information and rules.

Important Rules

There is to be no throwing, distributing, tossing, or handing out items to the crowd along the parade route (including candy, pamphlets, flyers, and brochures) OR any activity that would entice spectators onto the parade route from the curbside. Failure to comply will result in the IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION of your entry.

No parking in the staging areas until the roads have been closed (7:30AM), the barricades have been installed, and the Parade Marshals are on site. If you arrive early, please park off-site.

Absolutely no alcoholic beverages will be permitted. No political campaigning. ANIMAL GROUPS MUST PICK UP AFTER THEIR ANIMALS. In the interest of safety and traffic control, no entry shall double back along the parade route while the parade is in progress or before officials have re-opened the route to traffic.

One - and only one - representative from each group should be designated to check in for your unit between 7:30AM and 9:00AM. The VetFest Parade steps off promptly at 9:30AM.


Entry Monitor Responsibilities

In order to maintain contact with each entry as it moves down the Parade route, the entry must assign one member of its group to be the monitor.

The monitor leads the entry by carrying or wearing the lineup number, marching in front of the unit, maintaining an appropriate distance between your unit and the unit in front of you, and watching the Parade Marshals to know when to stop and when to move forward. The monitor communicates with the members of the entry to keep them together and moving at the same pace and to make sure the entry follows Parade rules.

The volunteer monitor should keep pace with the Parade and allow no more than 20 feet between units.

Code of Conduct

To ensure the quality and enjoyment of the VetFest Parade and to promote a safe and positive atmosphere for the various entities of the Parade, participants of the VetFest Parade and persons involved with this event shall abide by the following Code of Conduct:

  • All persons shall act with respect towards other persons, their privacy and safety.
  • Physical or verbal abuse of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • All persons shall treat public and private property and equipment with respect.
  • Parade rules and regulations shall be observed at all times.

In General

Please pay proper respect to the residents along the staging streets. Place all rubbish in provided containers. Do not harass residents or their pets. Be respectful of residential property by staying in the street at all times.