With “Celebrate National Parks and Monuments” selected as the theme for the 2015 Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade, the City of O’Fallon is seeking parade entries. The annual Independence Day event will get underway at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, in downtown O’Fallon.
“Our parade is the most popular in the county, and we’re expecting a huge turnout,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s Tourism and Festivals Manager. “This year’s theme offers some terrific opportunities for creativity and patriotic expression. We encourage everyone who wants to be a part of this event, including clubs, churches, businesses, scout troops, civic organizations and families, to submit an application as soon as possible and get started on planning a great entry or float that will get a lot of attention. Volunteer assistance also is needed, which is another great way to participate in the parade.”
Parade entries will be judged on how well the parade theme is expressed, with extra points awarded for incorporating creativity, music and mechanical movement. The prestigious “Mayor’s Choice Award” will be presented by Mayor Bill Hennessy.
In the “Best Overall” category, 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place winners will receive prizes of $500, $400 and $300, respectively. Prizes of $200 for 1st place and $100 for 2nd place will be awarded to the “Best Musical Float” and the “Most Patriotic Float,” and 1st and 2nd place plaques will go to the “Best Color Guard.”
Useful FAQs, helpful information on building a parade float and applications can be found online at www.heritageandfreedomfest.com/parade. Entry forms (which include rules, etc.) also can be picked up at the Renaud Spirit Center, City Hall or the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than noon on Friday, May 22.
For additional parade information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-379-5502. To volunteer, contact O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Department at 636-379-5417 or email@example.com.