Parade Guidelines

  • Please meet at the Parade starting point (TBA) between 12:30pm-1:30pm to get information.
  • Be as creative as you can! This is an artistic parade and we want to bring the spirit of Deep Ellum to the party – and feel free to show off your ink! (so long as it’s not on your naughty bits *ahem*)
  • No motorized vehicles, except wheelchairs. All sculptures and floats are to be self-propelled.
  • Please do not hand out anything to the crowd, whether that be candy, necklaces or business cards. Keep your hands to yourself and/or your creative expression!
  • Nudity is prohibited. If we can see through it – you are nude. Clothing containing controversial political statements are prohibited.
  • No political or cause-related statements or demonstrations of any kind are permitted. This is an artistic parade and celebration of community, *and* we hope, an escape from anything divisive or negative.
  • No amplifiers may be used to project music. Acoustic Sound levels are never to exceed 80 db.
  • Carry water for everyone in your ensemble and use sunscreen! Safety first!
  • We are a parade. You must keep moving, no stopping to perform. Continue moving in the direction of the parade.
  • Absolutely NO PYROTECHNICS or anything on fire, at all, ever. By registering, you accept the Participant Agreement below.

PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT Deep Ellum Arts Festival, APRIL 8, 2018 THIS AGREEMENT IS made and entered into by and between Main Events International (MEI Productions) (hereafter called “MEI”) and parade participant (“Participant”). WHEREAS, MEI operates a special event known as the Deep Ellum Arts Festival (hereafter called “Festival”), an outdoor festival, located between the 2900 and 3500 blocks of Main Street in the Deep Ellum area of downtown Dallas, Texas; and WHEREAS, Participant desires to be part of The Artists in Motion Parade, being held in conjunction with the Festival as per the Guidelines outlined on The Artists in Motion Parade application.; NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereby mutually agree as follows:

    1. The scope of Participation MEI retains the right to approve the general nature of Participant’s participation in The Artists in Motion Parade. A participant may be recorded, photographed or filmed by the public and the media. MEI and its employees and agents reserve the right to record or live stream Participant for Festival promotional purposes. Participant agrees that photographs, pictures, slides, movies or videos may be taken of Participant in connection with participation in these events or activities without compensation from anyone, and Participant consents to the use of these photographs, pictures, slides, movies or videos for any legal purpose.


    1. Indemnification Participant shall release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify The City of Dallas, The Deep Ellum Foundation, The Deep Ellum Community Association, other parade participants, MEI and its officers, directors, agents, sponsors, employees and volunteers from and against any and all actions, costs, claims, losses, expenses and/or damages, including attorney’s fees arising out of or resulting from the negligence of Participant or Participants volunteers or substitutes hereunder. Such negligence shall include, but not limited to Participant’s volunteers, equipment, instruments or other paraphernalia injuring guests or patrons or damaging property. Participant shall further release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify such organizations and persons from and against any and all actions, costs, claims, losses, expenses and/or damages, including attorney’s fees for or arising out of any bodily injuries to or the death of Participant or any of Participant’s volunteers or substitutes at the Festival and during occupancy of all portions of the Festival to which said Participant or Participant’s volunteers or substitutes are permitted access; however caused or occasioned, excepting the willful misconduct or gross negligence of MEI.


    1. Compliance with Laws Participant agrees, at its own expense, to comply with all existing federal, state and local laws and ordinances. In exchange for participation in The Artists in Motion Parade, and all related activities and events, I, for myself, my successors, heirs, assigns, executors and administrators accept the terms of this Agreement.