Campbell July 4 parade organizers provide spectator, float guidance

Campbell July 4 parade organizers provide spectator, float guidance

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The 2022 Fourth of July parade in Gillette will occur downtown. (Campbell County Parks and Recreation)

Gillette, Wyo. — Residents who want to enter a float into Campbell County Fourth of July parade must notify Campbell County Parks and Recreation by 10 p.m. June 28.

While there is no cost to enter the parade, participants must complete a parade entry form.

Information Technology Specialist Darla Cotton said the parade currently has 57 entries, and it’s a political year so she said she expects participation will be high this year. The parade is limited to 100 entries, but there may be room for some additional entries, depending on length of floats, she said.

Parade rules include the following:

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  • Entries can be up to 80 feet long and 13 feet tall.
  • All entries must be decorated.
  • Single vehicle entries are only allowed if they are transporting a political candidate or decorated as a “float/advertising” entry.
  • No entry can deliver audio messages during the parade.
  • Anyone who wants to have a classic car, muscle car, or motorcycle in the parade must join the car or motorcycle clubs and ride with those entries. Drivers of motorized vehicles must be licensed.
  • Entries displaying flags must adhere to flag etiquette, which is outlined in the parade packet.
  • Profanity and offensive/inappropriate behavior and material are forbidden.
  • Any youth under age 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is not one of the float’s designated safety participants.
  • Only walking participants can hand out candy, soda and water, and they must do so along the sides of the streets, not the middle. Flyers, stickers and other similar materials are forbidden.

This year’s Fourth of July parade theme is “Fortitude for Freedom.”

Anyone with questions can review the parade packet or call Cotton at 307-682-8527. Email the completed form to Cotton at Darla.Cotton@campbellcountywy.gov or drop it off at the Recreation Center. The Recreation Center is at 250 Shoshone Ave. in Gillette.

Parade spectators should know that handicapped parking will be available between Second and First streets on Gillette Avenue, Cotton said. Spectators cannot park between Second Street and First Street. Only Rohan Avenue will be open. Anyone traveling northbound on Burma Avenue from 9 am to roughly 11 am will be required to take a left on Highway 14-16. Beginning at 7 am, First Street will be closed from Brooks through Burma avenues. That will be a one-way street that morning, she said.

Diana and former Wyoming US Senator Mike Enzi will be the grand marshals of this year’s parade, which will recognize their contributions to Gillette and the state of Wyoming. Mike Enzi, who died in a bicycle accident in July 2021, was also a mayor of Gillette.

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