Judging will be done prior to the start of the parade. All units must be lined up by their assigned number in the staging area by 7:45 a.m. sharp. Color Guards, bands, dance/cheer, etc. groups should be ready to perform for judges during the judging timeframe between 7:45 – 9:45AM. A panel of judges will determine the best entries by using the following criteria.
Best In Show – This category will be judged on how well they go with the theme “Heritage, History, and Honor,” how well they display the meaning of Memorial Day, overall appearance, construction quality, originality, banner/lettering, moveable parts, gimmicks, etc.
Best Color Guard – This category will be judged on appearance, marching and routine.
Best School – This category will be judged on student body participation and inclusiveness, positive sportsmanship, overall school spirit, overall impression and FUN, and organization of the group.
Best Band – This category will be judged on appearance, material selection, and general instrumental musicianship, and overall performance.
Best Dance/Cheer – This category will be judged on flow of routine, transitions, formations, spacing, expression, enthusiasm, and overall appeal.
Best Commercial – This category will be judged on Patriotism, originality, craftsmanship, entertainment value, and interpretation of the theme.
Best Non-profit - This category will be judged on Patriotism, originality, craftsmanship, entertainment value, and interpretation of the theme.
Prizes/Awards – Prize money will be awarded for the Best In Show Category:
1st Place $1,000 2nd Place $750 3rd Place $500
$250 in prize money will be awarded for 1st place, trophies for 2nd place, and ribbons for 3rd place winners in the following categories:
Best Color Guard