The parade starts at 11:00 am at the south end of Jim Thorpe Blvd., goes to the stoplight and turns west on Main Street, passing in front of the grandstand and continuing past the park. The parade will not be canceled even if it rains. Entries must be at the parade line-up site by 9:00 am, but please allow 30 minutes to one hour for traffic. The parade line-up starts at 7th Street, going back to 1st Street, which is the check-in is located. The parade route is a little over one mile in length.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Rain or Shine, It’s Polka Time!” If you have any questions, please call the festival office at 405-567-4866. If you are interested in participating in the Parade, please download the forms below. Deadline for application for judged entries is May 1, 2017. Those not making the deadline will not be judged.
Parade applications are now being accepted for the Prague Kolache Festival set for Saturday, May 6, 2017. All those wishing to participate are asked to have a parade application completed and returned by the Monday, May 1, deadline to be eligible for prize money.
All businesses, organizations and clubs are encouraged to participate.
Judged entries include floats, drill teams, animal/equestrian.
Floats are judged on theme portrayal, “Rain or Shine, It’s Polka Time!” for originality, construction and design, and eye appeal.
Float divisions are: commercial (business), 1st – 3rd place plaques awarded; two separate categories for youth and adult, 1st – 5th place ($250, $200, $150, $100, $50); miscellaneous, open class not using theme, no prizes. A Sweepstakes trophy will be presented to the float selected Best of Show.
Drill Teams: amateur class, youth teams high school age or below, professional class for adults college age or above compete for 1st – 3rd prizes in both divisions ($100, $75, $50).
Equestrian category includes round-up clubs, riding clubs, horse-drawn wagons and carriages, 1st – 3rd places ($150, $100, $75). Proof of a current negative Coggins test is required for all horses prior to entrance to parade line-up.
Animal miscellaneous (other than horses) compete for 1st – 3rd places ($100, $75, $50).
The parade line-up is on south Highway 99 (Jim Thorpe Blvd.) between 1st and 7th Streets. The check-in location is on Highway 99 just north of 1st Street.
Parade entries are asked to briefly stop at the main grandstand at the city park where they may perform. Suggested distance between entries is at least three car lengths. No entry may throw candy, gum, toys, pamphlets or election campaign materials from any vehicle. These items may be handed out by people walking along the parade route.
The parade starts promptly at 11:00 a.m. and is not cancelled in the event of rain. Entries should be at the parade line-up site at 9:30 a.m. Parade entries are judged starting at 10:00 a.m.
Please note those winning cash prizes will receive their check by mail. Please make sure you have a your mailing address on your entry form.