REARDAN MULE DAYS PARADE INFORMATION
Help us celebrate the 112th Reardan Mule Days by participating in our annual parade on June 3, 2017. The largest parade in Lincoln County, it kicks off the Mule Days Celebration. You’ll join the fun with other community floats, bands, equestrian teams, cars, horses, mules, farm equipment, commercial floats, children and more!
BEFORE THE PARADE
Plan to arrive no later than 8:30 am, to be in place by 9:30 am. Class reunions provide their own transportation and signs. All floats, tractors and farm equipment will unload at Ag-Link just north of Highway 2 on the West end of town. Other entries should proceed to Reardan City Park located on South Oak Street. Horses and mules may unload at the north end of Lake Street. If you are participating in the Poker Ride, you may unload at the arena and ride the marked trail into town. Coffee, donuts, hot chocolate and soda are available at the Pavilion.
DURING THE PARADE
Your parade entry will be announced at three different locations along the course of the parade using the description you provided on the Parade Entry Form. Guests viewing the parade enjoy taped and live music on floats. Due to liability concerns our insurance carrier forbids anything to be thrown from floats or other moving vehicles. You may pass out candy or other advertising premiums. DO NOT THROW!
PARADE ROUTE & SECURITY
A parade route map is available on the website. The route will be marked with security tape to prevent pedestrians from entering the route. An official or parade chairman may halt the parade for safety reasons if spectators move too far into the route. Do not follow horse entries too closely.
In addition to the fun and public recognition participants receive by joining the Reardan Mule Days celebration, floats, equestrian, and marching entries are judged and presented with special recognition and awards. The Top Float will receive a plaque for Grand Sweepstakes. Each royalty member receives a participation ribbon. Equestrian and marching entries are awarded ribbons. Community Floats will be judged at 8:30 a.m. where you unload at Ag-Link west of Reardan. After judging, floats will proceed to the park to line up. Judging for Equestrians, Commercial Entries, Rodeo Royalty, Drill Teams and Marching Groups will be judged during the parade. Return to the pavilion in the park immediately after the parade to receive awards and ribbons.
Often the Mule Days Parade occurs the same weekend as graduation exercises, SATS, or other school activities. If you find you have a conflict that prevents you from bringing your float to the parade you may still attend by sending royalty to ride in a convertible. We have a limited supply of cars available on a first come, first serve basis. Visiting royalty may use the Methodist Church for dressing rooms. The Royalty Luncheon will be at the same location. Please use the bottom of the Parade Registration form to RSVP for your Royalty and Crew for the complementary Royalty Luncheon. Friday evening, June 5th, a teen dance takes place from 8:00-11:30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Room free to all Royalty. Royalty may also attend the Mule Days Play. If you have any questions about activities for Royalty: 509-995-0940 (Leanne Merkel)
We encourage everyone to bring their children to participate in the Kiddies Parade. Free entry forms are required to be filled out for each child who participates and are available the day of the parade. Check in by 9:30 on Oak St. in front of the library. Any child riding a 4-wheeler or motorcycle must be accompanied by an adult and proof of insurance is required. Each child who enters the parade receives a participation ribbon FREE ICE CREAM.
PARADE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- 7:00 am – 9:30 am Registration
- 8:30 am Receive parade number. Arrive by 8:30 am
- 8:30 am Float judging
- 9:30 am Horse Judging
- 9:30 am Be in position
- 9:30 am Kiddie Parade Check-in
- 10:00 am Kiddie/Main Parade
- 10:00 am Royalty introductions at Park
- 11:30 am Royalty luncheon