PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL PARADE BAND POLICY - Junior Parade
Elementary, middle or junior high school bands do not have to wear traditional band uniforms. They are encouraged to dress in a uniform fashion, i.e. same color shirts, pants, shoes, etc. Completely disorganized dress is discouraged.
Outwalkers with a parade unit need to be uniform in their appearance. Parents or students carrying water, supplies, or equipment need to wear coordinated clothing, i.e. same color shirts, pants, shoes, etc. Please note: outwalkers/parents/etc. should also plan to walk in line or formation, to improve the appearance of the entry.
Band judging includes appearance, so you can increase your general effect scores by having your entire parade entry look as sharp as possible.
There must not be any playing or marching in the formation area. Warm-up is permitted. Important radio communication to coordinate the parade takes place in this area and is adversely affected by band play. Please do not play until you step off in the parade proper.
A brief warm-up is allowed prior to entering the parade route. The warm-up is defined as pianissimo long tones, tuning, a scale, a short chorale or similar exercise. It is not playing a tune.The band must face away from the parade entry location during its warm-up, and designated warm-up areas must be observed. Percussion sections must follow the same warm-up rule with quiet exercise.
Pacing on the parade route is intended to be 50-60 feet from the unit ahead of you (approximately 1/2 block). Unless otherwise directed, you must maintain forward motion (no counter marching, side steps, etc.) and not allow gaps beyond the 60 feet. (Some exceptions apply for approved TV area performances).
Playing on the route is required at the band judging area and at the television locations. People lining the parade route want you to play the entire time. We know that is impossible, but try to entertain as many people as possible.
You represent your school and your community and perform before thousands of people at the Rose Festival parades.If you adhere to these rules carefully, you will increase your judging scores, the formation officials will be your friends, and you will have a highly successful experience.
JUNIOR PARADE ARRIVALS
Accepted Junior Parade bands will be
scheduled to arrive at an assigned time between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15
p.m. (Parade start is 1 p.m.) in Portland's Hollywood District.
Depending on your line-up number, your band will complete the parade
between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Rose Festival will send specific band
instructions, as well as your line-up number and your scheduled arrival
time, in early May.
If, after signing up, your school decides
not to participate in this year’s Junior Parade, please contact the Rose
Festival office as soon as possible to let us know, so that we can fill
in someone from the waiting list.