4th of July Palisades Parade Needs Floats

Members of the Palisades High School Swim team assembled this float, using a suburban as the base.

Far too many people bemoan the fact that there are not enough bands and floats in Pacific Palisades Fourth of July parade. Here’s your chance to do something about it.

The Rose Bowl parade starts float preparations at least a year in advance. Luckily for Palisadians, you can sign up now for a float and then spend a few days before the parade building one.

This household’s Suburban was decked out one year as a giant whale, complete with music and bubbles as local swimmers tried to raise money and awareness for the need for a swimming pool. It was fun having local teens taping streamers to the car and painting signs.

The 4th of July Palisades parade accepts entries for musical units, equestrian groups, floats, marching units and vehicles from applicants in the local area and visitors. All entries must be approved by the Parade Committee.

There is a slight cost to participate, but luckily, float builders might win $500.

“The Post 283 Auxiliary is pleased to again offer prizes for floats in the parade,” Auxiliary President Ruth Kahn said. “There will be one $500 prize for the float that best exemplifies Americanism and there will be a second $500 prize for the float that best incorporates the theme of our parade.

“The Auxiliary is giving these prizes to encourage greater participation by nonprofit organizations and increase the number of floats in the parade,” Kahn said.

Any nonprofit organization is eligible to win either prize.

Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA) has to pay costs for security, announcing and sanitation. In order to defray the cost of the July 4th entries, all entries other than musical units and equestrian units will be charged, as follows:

  • Commercial Entries (for-profit business) $750
  • Sponsors (basic level) $750
  • Nonprofit sponsors $600
  • National/Regional Non-Profits $500
  • Local (Palisades area) Non-Profits $250
  • Palisades area Service Organizations $100
  • Individual family entries, Palisades neighborhood floats: $25

All others, please contact the organizers at parade@palisades4th.com.

Any entry that displays a for-profit business’ name, logo, or personnel shall pay the Commercial Entry cost. PAPA has the sole right to determine which rate an entry shall pay.

Payment must be received in advance of the Parade, no later than May 31st, by check mailed to PAPA, PO Box 1776, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, via Zelle or via credit card (including applicable processing fees) at PayPal.

Who will come up with this year’s most creative entry?  click here.

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