Parade Info & Float Guidelines

While we encourage you to dream big about your Parade entry, there are a few restrictions to ensure that the parade is safe and aligned with the Rainbow Wave Festivals committee values. Entries will be checked prior to the commencement of the Parade by Parade Officials. Please consider the following when producing your entry:


SELECTION PROCESS: Rainbow Wave Festival may assess all applications to determine which entries will be accepted in to the 2020 Parade. LGBT+ and other organisations are encouraged, and all applications will be assessed on meeting the eligibility criteria and providing a well-designed, creative concept.


FLOAT MARSHALLS: Each individual entry must provide one designated Float Marshal to act as the official liaison and emergency contact between the entrant group and the Rainbow Wave Festival officials.

Marshalls must check in with our Registration Team and ensure that their participants and vehicle arrive at start area outside Merimbula’s Caltex Service Station, Main Street, Merimbula at the assigned time, wear the accreditation provided by Merimbula Rainbow Wave on the day to identify themselves and remain with their entry at all times.


HANDOUTS: Objects of suitable size or materials (eg small soft items) may be handed out on the Parade route or thrown to Audience members.

PLEASE NOTE We ask entrants to consider the impact of rubbish along the Parade route.

Liability for injuries to spectators remains with each entrant group. The Rainbow Wave Festival reserves the right to prohibit items deemed unsuitable.


LINE UP ORDER: Parade placement is at the sole discretion of the Rainbow Wave Festival officials.

On Parade day all entrants must line up in the section to which they have been assigned and must do so at the designated time and location. Each organisation must stay in its section for the duration of the Parade.

Rainbow Wave Festivals marshalling volunteers will be at your assigned section to help ensure correct line-up, so feel free to ask them for any assistance.


MEDIA: The Parade may be recorded and broadcast on television as well as photographed by various media outlets. 

Your entrant groups participation in the parade constitutes permission to authorise official Rainbow Wave Festivals media partners to video, photograph, record and transmit messages, signage, participants and vehicles/floats in your entrant group during the Parade.

You are responsible for notifying the individuals in your group about this section and that they may be captured on film for broadcast use.


MOVEMENT: Gaps in the Parade train hinder everyone’s enjoyment and delays in time in which everyone can return home or continue celebrating elsewhere. To avoid this, entrant groups are expected to be moving forward along the designated route at a walking pace, unless stopped by Rainbow Wave Festival volunteers, security or NSW police


PARTICIPATION AND PERSONAL SAFETY: Please follow all instructions of Rainbow Wave Festival guidelines and volunteers; they are there to help you.

Please ensure your participants have sufficient sunscreen, water or weather protection that will suit the conditions of the day – it will most likely be quite warm.
The Parade will proceed in all weather conditions.


The Rainbow Wave Festival retains the right to remove from the Parade any persons who appear intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.


RESTRICTIONS: Restricted items include fire, open flames, pyrotechnics (fireworks) flares, fire batons, fire breathing, sparklers, sparks, welding, weapons, hazardous or flammable goods and goods prohibited by law. 

We also strictly control the use of projectiles and remote-controlled devices including any kind of drone, remote controlled helicopters or cars.


Other restrictions include all forms of nudity, solicitation of funds and campaigning. Laws relating to the use of public space, car registration, driving under the influence, the consumption of alcohol and other drugs all remain in place during the Parade.


The Parade areas are alcohol & drug free zones.


SPECIAL EFFECTS & SUSTAINABILITY: All audio, lighting, AV equipment or any infrastructure must be secure and in good order to comply with minimum industry standards.

The Rainbow Wave Festival committee is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible and this extends to keeping our Parade route clean.

Please note that glitter cannons are not to be used and if you are intending on using confetti it must be bio – degradable and water soluble.

The use of non-attached balloons is prohibited.


The waste from each entrant is the responsibility of the group so please ensure you take home everything you brought to the Parade.


VEHICLE GUIDELINES: Wow the audience!

Try to find inventive ways of framing the cab, covering the wheels and transforming the vehicle as safely & effectively as possible.

The maximum length of the vehicle whilst on Parade route is:
2.4m wide, 4.3 m high and 11 m long. 
These measurements are non-negotiable, and we will require the vehicle measurements, make/model details and registration number to be supplied with your application.


The Rainbow Wave Festival will accept the following vehicles:

  • Cars including convertibles

  • Utes

  • Motorbikes or Trikes

  • 2 – 8 tonne Flatbed trucks

  • Buses, Minibuses or vans

Your vehicle must be registered and roadworthy and drivers must be appropriately licensed.


Your drivers must not have a blood alcohol limit over the legal limit or be under the influence of drugs.  Breath testing may occur at start & end areas.


CATEGORY EXCLUSIONS: Unless otherwise approved, the Rainbow Wave Festival reserves the right to not consider sponsorship or entries from any organisation that does not meet the Rainbow Wave Festival guidelines.



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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land and their culture. We also pay our respects to the Elders: Past, Present and Emerging. 

Rainbow Wave acknowledges the significant contributions of LGBT+ identified persons, for without their efforts to fight for equality this festival would not be a possibility. 

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