There is absolutely nothing official about any of these categories. So this article is designed to provide ideas and “food for thought” when planning a parade that will have recognition and trophies for participants. Award categories for parades can vary greatly based on the purpose, holiday, theme, and size.

A few ideas for themes include: nature & flowers, animals, green energy, local history, old west, former decades such as the 20’s or 60″s, birth of a nation (revolution), celebrating our safety personnel and defenders, imagination & cartoons, world or national heros, celebrating local heroes, film, TV, music, and athletics are a place to begin. Certainly you will consider parades for specific holidays or local events you are celebrating.

Here’s list organized in a way that it should be useful. I’m sure you will add to this based upon the uniqueness of your event. We have also listed some groups that may be overlooked, but you may want to invite to participate in your parade.

Groups to Include in a Parade that May be Overlooked:

  • Home Owners Associations
  • Non-Profits (Great Exposure for Them)
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • High School Bands
  • Private Bands & Music Groups
  • Dance Studios
  • Car Clubs
  • Local Hobby Clubs
  • Local Service Clubs

  • Western & Civil War Reenactment Groups
  • Renaissance Reenactment Groups
  • Shakespeare Acting Organizations
  • Mounted Police
  • Equestrian Clubs
  • Veterans Groups
  • Local Offices of State Police & Border Patrol>
  • Brewmaster & Winemakers Clubs
  • Local Choirs

Trophy and Award Categories

Top Trophies

Best of Parade
Grand Sweepstakes
Military – Veterans
Band
Float
Drill Team
Animation
Use of Theme
Use of Color
Costumes
Use of Flowers
Most Original

Special Recognition

Community Spirit
Clowns
Pooper Scooper
Safety Organization
Police
Fire
EMT
CERT
Volunteers
Bands
Best Use of Flowers
Best High School
Best Private Entree
Best in City
Most Patriotic

Athletic

Cheer
Dance
Drill Team

Equestrian

Horse Drill Team
Posse
Best Decorated Horse
Best Costume

VIP

Grand Marshall’s Pick
Queen’s Pick
King’s Pick
Royal Family’s Pick (Selected Family)
Military VIP’s Pick
Mayor’s Choice
Sponsors (President’s Pick)

Good luck and call us at 951-894-7222 if you need assistance with trophies.