We are so excited for you to drive in the ADTRAN Parade of Heroes! Yes, ADTRAN! Your effort to make this parade awesome has been noticed and thanks to you, we have a parade sponsor! You can't imagine what that does for - of course - our fundraising, but it helps to validate our effort with the community and gives other potential sponsors the confidence to jump on board, so thank you.
You will receive an email (check your spam folder) with detailed instructions about how to participate and a map in an email after you submit this form.
Please, read this section carefully and in its entirety. This form is for Escort Vehicles to carry a Hero; Fun Entry Vehicles with no Hero; and Sponsor Entry Vehicles (vehicles with business advertisements).
Escort Vehicles --
Those wishing to escort a Hero in their open-top vehicle (convertible, Jeep, truck, pulled in a decorated trailer) may choose their preferred Superhero or Community Hero below. If there are "0 Available" then that Hero has already been chosen (or it may say "uncommitted," meaning that the volunteer for that character has not committed to the event yet). We will update and add characters as we can. Do not bring your own Superhero or dress as a Superhero.
Open-top vehicles must have room for the Hero and a Cancer Kid to sit on the top of the backseat or stand safely in the backseat or stand in the truckbed securely. (also a seat for the kid's adult chaperone)
Be aware that we are actively filling the roles of Community Heroes. If you have a special Community Hero that you would like to carry (maybe your sister is a firefighter or your child's teacher), we need him or her to register with us as a Community Hero
. He or she will have his or her own coordinator and his or her own instructions independent of you. We prefer no surprises that morning, so please have your community hero fill out a form. We can have multiples of community heroes.
Fun Entry --
If you have a vehicle that is not open-top, but it's super cool and kid-viewing-friendly, please enter it as a "Fun Entry" in the parade using this form. We would love to help you show it off! We will not be placing a Superhero in it, you will only drive in the parade and help us raise awareness by growing this parade into a spectacular event. You may carry passengers, have fun, but no adults or adult-sized teens dressed as full-costume Superheroes. We want our volunteers who have agreed to work the day for us as a Super to stand out.
Sponsor Entry --
If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to enter a vehicle to benefit from advertising a business (no Superhero rider), please do so using this form as a "Sponsor Vehicle". We ask that you share in the expense of the event by paying a $20 sponsor fee. Just use this form to enter and pay when you check-in. You may carry passengers, but no adults or adult-sized teens dressed as full-costume Superheroes. You may park your vehicle in the VIPP (Very Important Parade People) parking area as shown on the graphic in your forthcoming email.
Another big question some vehicle entries have upfront is, can participants dress as a Superhero or a villain. I was not prepared for that question last year and made some consistency mistakes, but our board and Superhero Day committee have considered this and the answer is complicated, so pay attention:
No adults or adult-size teens outside of our Super Troupe are allowed to wear a costume of any kind in the parade (at the event, it's up to you as long as the costume does not violate our event policies which can be found
But not in the parade). Colorful Superhero shirts or even a t-shirt with a cape is fine for any adult and adult-size teen. We just want to make sure that the Superhero and the cancer kid stand out in the parade.
Villians as part of our participant groups will not be allowed at this time. I know, you are disappointed, but we are not a comic-con. We are celebrating Heroes and want to maintain a positive vibe. Though some of these characters can be fun or be made to be funny, it can open an element of interest that can be negative. (With that said, you are welcome to come to the event as a guest and dress as you like as long as it fits within our kid-friendly guidelines for the event. You just will not represent EBP.) And, we know there are some gray lines between hero and villain (i.e., the new Loki TV show).
We appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and interest, and we hope that you will understand these distinctions and the purpose of the distinctions and policies.
Co-pilots, Passengers, and Walkers --
You may have co-pilots and passengers of any age as long as they adhere to the costume policies and as long as you have legal/safe seating and room in the back for three adults (the Super, a Cancer Kid/adult survivor, the Cancer Kid chaperone). You may or may not have a Cancer Kid in your vehicle, it depends on what Hero each kid chooses to ride with and we only have a handful of kids sign up, but we want all vehicles signing up to carry a Hero to be prepared to carry a cancer kid and his or her chaperone. Children age 10 and under in the parade and at the event may wear costumes (Superhero, princess, a policeman, FedEx, whatever they would like). But they must sit in the parade vehicle if they are not a cancer kid.
No children are to stand in a vehicle or be highlighted except the cancer kid under the care of his or her chaperone. We want the cancer kid to stand out and receive the accolades he or she deserves as part of this childhood cancer event. If you have children riding in your vehicle, they must sit so that they are not confused as being a cancer kid.
If you are signing up as a "Fun Entry" or a "Sponsor Entry" then you may have ride with you who you wish as long as the costume policies are followed.
Any vehicle may have walkers with the vehicle to show support and help us raise awareness to childhood cancer. Some cancer kids will have a little team that walks with them, so be prepared to know that. All are expected to adhere to the costume policy. No children are to stand in a vehicle or be highlighted except a cancer kid under the care of his or her chaperone. We want the cancer kid to stand out and receive the accolades he or she deserves as part of this childhood cancer event. If you have children riding in your vehicle, they must sit so that they are not confused as being a cancer kid (can you tell this has been an issue?).
The parade is .5 miles long. Like last year, we will have VIPP (Very Important Parade People) parking at the end of the parade for parade vehicles if you wish to stay and enjoy the event. This was offered last year, explained in emails and drawn on the graphic, but none seemed interested to use it. Be sure to check the graphic.
Things come up, I know, even that morning, things come up. But if you signed up and are not coming for whatever reason - I don't have to know what the reason is - please, please, tell me as soon as possible so that we can adjust because we have made plans for your participation. Those from last year know how many revisions we went through even up until that morning, and revisions are going to happen, but I want to cut down on that as much as possible. Coincidently, the Superheroes and cancer kids are receiving the same plea. We had at least one Super not show and several cancer kids not show and none of the coordinators knew they were not coming. So, we hope to stress "Communication" at all participation spots. On that note, remember that these Supers are volunteers, too, and they also have things come up or we've had them be sick, so you may sign up for Spiderman but get a Power Ranger or not get a Super. I do my best to communicate these changes when I know of them, and my goal is that you have a fun day participating and raising awareness for childhood cancer.
NEW! I thought I would try a new communication tool for parade participants. We use it between our staff members at our events, and I think it might work well for this, it could bomb, but we can't grow and move forward without trying things. So, please, download an app called Zello, it's a Walkie-Talkie app, very simple to use, literally a walkie-talkie. There will be a channel for parade participants. Closer to September, I will send out an email with detailed instructions.
Love it! Do it! We will be giving an award ribbon to tie on your grill if you'd like, to the top two "Escort Entries" that are decorated and to the top two "Fun or Sponsor Entries". You don't have to decorate, but please feel free to help us make the parade awesome. We do ask that whatever you decorate with does not leave a trail or create any litter. To win a ribbon: Escort Entries must not inhibit the spectators' view of the Hero/Kid and otherwise, just be awesome. Fun/Sponsored Entries, just be awesome and highlight childhood cancer.