Step 1. Complete the Prince & Princess Registration Form.

Step 2. Complete the Touchstone Energy Junior Royale Parade Application.

Note:  Do not complete the application form for Saturday’s Parade.  Your entry will automatically be included in the lineup for Saturday. 

Here are the rules for Prince & Princess Participation in the Parades:

  1. Please construct your float on a four-wheel trailer.
  2. The float is to be pulled by a convertible or pick-up truck. Please be sure car pulling float has plenty of gas and water.
  3. Maximum height of floats from street to highest point on float is 13.5 feet.
  4. You are to furnish your own trailer, convertible or truck, trailer hitch, and a place to build and store your float.
  5. Vehicle clings with the name of your school and the names of your Prince and Princess for the sides of your tow vehicle will be provided by the National Cherry Festival.
  6. Your Prince and Princess may ride on the top of the back seat (convertible’s boot), in the bed of the pick-up truck, or on the float itself.  If you are having walkers with your float, we ask that they please walk BEHIND the float and are incorporated into your theme.
  7. “TOSS-OUTS” from units will not be permitted on the parade route.
  8. Every float must be equipped with a class “ABC” fire extinguisher.  A water or dry powder extinguisher is necessary, if using motors or mechanical equipment.
  9. Your float will appear in both the Touchstone Energy Junior Royale Parade on Thursday, and the DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade on Saturday. You will be notified by the June meeting as to your line-up number, etc.  Once available, the information will be published on the Prince & Princess Information page.
  10. Line up times will be assigned by line-up number for each parade. For the Junior Royale Parade, staging takes place between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.  The Cherry Royale Parade staging takes place between 7:00am and 12:00pm.  Please be sure to enter off of Garfield onto State Street, unless specifically directed by a Parade Committee member otherwise.  A Parade Committee member will be at Check-In to assist all entries with staging.
  11. Floats will not be judged Saturday.
  12. Each school will receive up to $150.00 toward the cost of float construction from the National Cherry Festival and $150.00 from the PTA of your school.  Additionally, material donations of not more than $700.00 from your school system are acceptable (total cost $1000.00).
  13. Any lost children will be taken to Mobile Command located at State and Railroad – Northwest Corner of F&M Park.
  14. A plaque with a picture of the school’s float will be presented to each school on Friday, July 7, at 11:00 a.m, at Sunset Park, Traverse City, MI 49686.

  The judging criteria are based on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best:

    • Utilization of Theme
    • Beauty/Drama
    • Use of Sound and Animation
    • Use of Color and Harmony
    • Use of Natural Materials
  • The Awards are Awarded in the Order:
  • Festival Award
  • President’s Award
  • Queen’s Award
  • Foundation Award
  • Director’s Award
  • Green Award
  • Chancellor’s Award
  • Judges’ Choice Award
  • Ambassadors’ Award

No motorcycles or two or three-wheel vehicles will be accepted.  Drivers of motorized vehicles must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.