Puppet Parade Guidelines

In addition to registration, we have a few simple rules that all puppets and groups are required to observe:

  • Puppets should be handcrafted locally.
  • Puppets of any size shall be allowed to participate, however giant puppets are recommended.
  • Puppets should be people powered (walking, biking, simple machines) with no motorized vehicles allowed.
  • No written words on banners or puppets.
  • No amplified sound or megaphones.
  • No soliciting of any kind.
  • Puppets and artwork must be copyright or trademark free.
  • No distribution of flyers, food or other items.
  • Your puppets and the delivery of that message must be peaceful and family friendly.
  • You must be respectful and follow the directions of parade officials, police officers and others charged with keeping the parade a safe and fun experience.
  • Line-up is first come, first served for registered puppets and begins at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 23 at Grant Elementary School (725 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301).
  • Puppets that do not enter at Grant Elementary will be asked to wait until the entire parade has passed before joining in.