These policies will apply to ALL parades. These policies are being put in place to ensure safety of the kids and adults, safeguard us from insurance liability, and make us more compliant with the actual rules of the Rebel Legion as a whole, and we hope you understand where we're coming from on these.
* At any time, the parade committee (if there is one) or command staff may decree a parade as adults-only.
* Age Requirement: Children in the parade must be 7 years old or older.
* Appearance: Children must have and be able to wear a movie-quality, size-appropriate (e.g. Ewok, Jawa, or other small character) costume for the entirety of the parade route. If a child is unable to continue wearing the costume for the entire parade, the child must be removed by the adult responsible for them. No children will be permitted to march in half-costumes. Children who cannot wear a full costume will be removed from the parade and will ride in a float tow vehicle for the remainder of the parade.
* Behavior: Children must be able to follow directions - that means if they are told to sit on the float, they must remain seated unless they really have to move. No jumping up, running around, or hanging off the sides, etc. Children who are not on the float must be able to walk the parade route in costume under their own power - children should not be carried (barring emergency circumstances, of course). Children who cannot obey the rules of riding the float or who are unable to walk the parade route themselves will be removed from the parade and will sit in the parade tow vehicle for the remainder of the parade.
* Supervision: Children must be under direct supervision at all times by an adult specifically assigned to them. We need our wranglers to help our costumed adults, and if the wranglers are forced to split their attention between the adults and the children, it is unsafe for the kids, unfair to the adults, and unfair to demand that of the wranglers. Those intending to have their children in the parade should coordinate with other parents to secure an extra wrangler or two to specifically ensure the safety of all the kids. In addition, no adult should assume that if they are busy or distracted that someone else will automatically jump in to watch the kids - specifically ask another adult to take over for you.
* Back-ups or Character Shifts: For long parades with several children in attendance, it is acceptable for children to be split into multiple groups, with one group resting while the other participates, if they so choose. This is to help ensure that the children don't become exhausted all at the same time, that the wranglers are able to supervise them adequately, and that there are some Ewoks/Jawas/etc appearing for the entire parade.