Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade - Rules and Regulations
All participating units shall adhere to rules set forth by Jefferson Parish as they apply to participation in a parade.
Truck and Floats must not exceed 17 feet 6 inches in height above street level. NO SPEAKERS OR OTHER ITEMS SHALL BE MOUNTED SO THAT THEY EXTEND ABOVE THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE FLOAT AND OR TRUCK. ANY ITEMS DEEMED TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THIS REGULATION IS SUBJECT BY REMOVAL FROM THE FLOAT OR TRUCK BY A PARADE MARSHALL OR OFFICIAL OF JEFFERSON PARISH.
Any participant who is caught or reported throwing produce or any missile type throw which can cause harm to a spectator or damage to property will be removed from the parade. The group or club of which this individual is a member of will not be allowed to participate in any future Irish-Italian Parades.
Participation in the parade is by invitation only and all trucks, floats and property trucks must be properly decorated. All person riding on a float or truck shall wear a costume and or shirt that is appropriate for the Irish Italian parade. All riders must remain fully clothed during the parade. Anyone who is observed to be riding without a shirt will be subject to removal from the parade.
The person named on the application as the person in charge shall be required to ride in the first position on the either side of the float or truck. The designated person in charge shall be required to have a float/truck diagram list. This float/truck list shall list each person riding on the float/truck and shall be broken down by side and shall be in order starting from the front the float/truck to the back, and shall include the upper deck if applicable. This list shall be made available to the Committee upon request at anytime during or after the parade.
All participating units must be in their assigned position no later than 10:00 am, and all riders must be on the float or truck no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Remember the official staring point of the parade is Houma Blvd and Veterans Blvd, and the parish officials may pull the lead units out of the parking lot prior to the 12 Noon starting time.
All units must display the official position sign. Each unit will be issued 3 position signs which must be displayed as follows: one on each side of the vehicle, float, or truck near the front of the unit, and the third on the back of the vehicle no less than six (6) feet from the bottom of the unit.
Drivers of any vehicle participating in the parade shall remain with the vehicle at all times. Under no circumstances shall any vehicle be left without someone to operate it. DRIVERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM THROWING ANY ITEMS AND CONSUMING ANY ALOCHOLIC BEVERAGES WHILE THEY ARE DRIVING IN THE PARADE
Advertisement of a commercial or political nature is prohibited on any float, truck, support vehicle or person, unless it is pre-approved in writing by the committee. Anything of an obscene nature is prohibited on any float, truck support vehicle or person. Any unit violating this rule will be removed from the parade.
All units must have two (2) 5 pound Fire Extinguishers on their float, or one (1) 10 pound Fire Extinguisher.
Upon receipt of your confirmation insurance certificate, each organization will be notified of a general meeting. You will be notified of the date, time, and place and each organization shall be required to send at least one (1) representative to the meeting. At this meeting the person representing the organization shall be required to sign a form stating that these rules have been downloaded from the website and made available to the members of the organization. If no one show up for the meeting your group will forfeit their cups or doubloons.
It is the responsibility of the member in charge of an organization to notify the Irish Italian Association of any changes in the name of the person in charge, the mailing address or email address of the organization.
It is the responsibility of each organization to furnish the parade committee with a certificate of Public Liability Insurance covering Floats, Vehicle Owners, and each member of the organization while parading. This must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the date of the Irish Italian Parade. Coverage shall not be less than the following: $1,000,000.00 liability plus medical coverage. This certificate shall state that the said policy shall not be cancelled until after the date of the Irish Italian Parade, and shall name the Louisiana Irish-Italian Association as an additional insured.
Any support vehicle used by a marching group shall have an approved self contained comfort station for the members. Additionally, the support vehicle shall be pulled by a tractor, pickup truck or SUV. No commercial towing vehicles will be allowed in the parade.
No spears, flowers or any other pointed objects will be allowed to be thrown or handed from a float or truck. No “silly string”, stink bombs, fireworks of any type, bullwhips and or hand held Public Address system (“Bullhorns”) will be allowed on any float or truck.
No one will wear, show and or display anything that is obscene on or from a float and or truck in the Irish Italian parade. Anyone who shows his or her body parts considered to be indecent to the public will be permanently removed from the parade and the entire organization will be prohibited from participating in future Irish Italian parades.
Any music that is played in the Irish Italian Parade must be of a version that is acceptable for play over the public airwaves and approved by the FCC. Any unit, whose music is deemed to be Vulgar or offensive in nature, by a Parade Marshal, Irish-Italian Committee Member, A deputy of JPSO, or a member of the Jefferson Parish Citizens’ Advisory Council, will be removed from the parade.
All floats, truck floats and support vehicles of a marching club must display the required “No Smoking” and “Prohibited Throw Items” at or near all entrances to the float, truck float or support vehicle.
All floats and truck floats will be issued a “POLICE” sign. This sign is to be given to the person that rides in the first position on the driver’s side of the float or truck float. This sign is to be used to summons the police in case of emergency. Misuse of this sign is subject to the penalty printed on the reverse side of the sign.
As per JP Ordinance 23544 Section 6-109(f): Auxiliary vehicles servicing walking groups shall precede the marchers in the parade.
All produce must be HANDED or GENTLY TOSSED underhanded from a float or truck. Any rider that is observed to be throwing any type of throw or produce that is deemed to be in a manner hazardous manner shall be removed from the float or truck, and will not be allow to participate in future Irish Italian Parades. Any float or truck that is reported to have a rider or riders who were observed throw any throw or produce in a manner deemed to be hazardous to a parade observer may be banned from participating in future Irish Italian Parades./li>
The person named as “the person in charge” on the parade application shall sign and submit the supplied form stating that they have read all of the rules and regulations of the Irish-Italian parade and that these rules and regulations have been explained to all of the riders on their group’s float or truck. Failure to return the completed and signed form by the required date will result in the removal of the group from future Irish Italian Parades.
NO GLASS CONTAINERS OF ANY TYPE OR SHAPE ARE ALLOWED ON A FLOAT, TRUCK OR SUPPORT VEHICLE PARTICIPATING IN THE IRISH ITALIAN PARADE. NO MEMBER OF A WALKING CLUB, MARCHING CLUB OR SOCIAL CLUB SHALL CARRY A GLASS CONTAINER OF ANY TYPE OR SHAPE WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE IRISH ITALIAN PARADE.
No throwing or disbursing of any alcoholic beverage from a float to include plastic bottles of wine or any items that contain alcoholic beverages such as shots.