Standards for Floats

Festival ParadeGeneral Conditions for Vehicles:

  • Maximum length 19m, max height 4.5m, max width 3.5m
  • All vehicles must be roadworthy and registered with RMS NSW.
  • Vehicle Registration is to be submitted for approval by the 2nd week of Ball rehearsal, 5 March 2017. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • The vehicle for a float may be a trailer, truck or utility (ute), but not a car.

Vehicles travelling to and from the parade must have:

  • clear vision through front windscreen & mirrors.
  • Blinkers, number plates & brake lights visible to all road traffic.

Safety is a key consideration in selecting your float vehicle.

Priscilla floatYour Float in the Parade

  • The float must be decorated according to the theme you have nominated & will include advertising of your sponsor but will not just advertise your sponsor.
  • Your float theme must be registered with the committee by the 5 March 2017.
  • Each float will have Two (2) Marshals. Marshals must be over 18yrs of age and will walk beside float.
  • Names of the Marshals must be submitted by 5 March 2017.
  • Each Princess must provide a written commentary describing what can be seen onthe float, including significant characters, where the theme has come from, as well asthe Princess’ & Partner’s names. Commentary will submitted by 5 March 2017.

Fish out of waterIf the commentary is not satisfactory you will be asked to revise or add more details.

  • No persons are to be seated on the edge of the vehicle/tray.
  • No children under 12 years of age shall be permitted on the float.
  • No member of your float group is to walk ahead of the float.
  • No items are to be thrown into the crowd from the float.

Consider safety in the design of your float.

Criteria for Judging; The judges will present awards for:

  • Best Decorated Float
  • 2nd Best Decorated Float and
  • Two highly commended floats.
  • To qualify for best decorated float: all of the vehicle must be covered, including the cabin.
  • The judge’s decision is final.

Parade Easter SundayAssembling for The Parade:

  • All floats will be issued with a number and will park in the matching numbered space at the assembly area.
  • The first three floats will be the Princess of the Fleet followed by the runner-up & then the 2nd runner-up, all other floats will follow in number order.
  • The Assembly area is Crescent Street Ulladulla. Floats are to be assembled by 9.30am. Enter Crescent Street from the northern end of Burrill St North only.
  • Judging will commence with a walk/drive through the Assembly area, by the judges &will be completed later during the parade.
  • The Parade of Floats will commence at approximately 11.00am.
  • The Parade of Floats will depart from Crescent Street, proceed south along the Princes Highway, turn left into Wason Street and terminate on the Ulladulla Wharf at approx 12.15pm.

After the Parade:

  • At the conclusion of the Parade of Floats, all Princesses and Partners are to assemble at the Lower Stage adjacent to the harbour foreshore for announcement of winning floats and the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony.
  • Before float vehicles may be driven away following the conclusion of the parade, they must be made safe by removing decorations from the windscreen, blinkers, number plates & brake lights. Failure to do this may result in an infringement notice being issued by police.
  • Always put Safety First.

Hints and Tips:

  • Hand in the information requested completed and on time.
  • Ask committee members for guidance or advice on any Blessing of the Fleet matters.
  • Blessing of the Fleet Ball and Parade can be hard work but the outcomes are very satisfying and rewarding.
  • Have fun!
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