Dear Prospective Participant:
The 2008 Chesapeake Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2008 in Great Bridge at 6:00 p.m. This event is a wonderful way to mark the beginning of the Holiday season. I have included an application for participation, please understand that this is an application, and you will be notified within one (1) week after the deadline whether or not your group will be a participant in the parade. However, if you are doing a float and want to start on it much earlier please contact me and I will be able to let you know then.
Applications are reviewed by the parade committee, then votes on which applications should be accepted. Please keep the following in mind:

  1. Due to some public concerns about the length of the parade, we must continue to limit the number of entries we can accept. (ONLY 75 ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED). Entries will be numerically ranked by the committee using the following criteria: Quality of decorations or outfits (0-20 points), Originality of theme (0-10 points), Other (0-5 points)(Points can be added in the OTHER category if your group was turned down the year before or if there is a good reason this particular group should be allowed in the parade.) Because of this selection process, we will need very specific information about your entry (size, number and type of vehicles; detailed description with drawing, if possible, outfits being worn, etc.). Your application will be returned if it is not COMPLETELY FILLED OUT. If you have information we can use in our OTHER category, please let us know so we can consider it in our selection process.
  2. We strongly encourage groups to enter floats. Pick-up trucks will not be accepted as floats. Marching groups, car clubs and horse groups also should incorporate holiday decorations/theme into their efforts.
  3. If your group is not selected your entry fee will be returned to you. However; if your group has been accepted and then has to withdraw for any reason, your check may not be returned to you if we were not able to fill the spot.
  4. There will be only one official Santa Claus. For the benefit of the children, please do not dress as Santa.

Please complete the entry form and return it to the Great Bridge Jaycees, c/o Patti Dominick 703 Sarasota Arch, Chesapeake, VA 23322 along with your $50 entry fee. Checks should be made payable to the Great Bridge Jaycees.
The deadline for entry is October 31, 2008. All entries must be postmarked by this date. Notification will be made by EMAIL (unless none is provided) no later than November 10, 2008 as to whether or not your group was selected. If you are doing a float and need more notice on acceptance to prepare, please make note on the application or email me at If your group was not selected your entry fee will be returned. Thank You