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Be a Parade Participant

Please check back in October 2019 for our 2020 King William Fair Parade application.

Selection Criteria

Entries are selected based primarily upon performance and entertainment values. Keep in mind that a large part of the audience will be children. Preference is given to local performance and arts groups not associated with other Fiesta events.

Elected officials representing the King William Historic District will be invited to participate by invitation only.

Prior parade participation does not guarantee automatic acceptance.

The decision of the Parade Committee in accepting or rejecting applications is final. Inquiries questioning or disputing the committee’s decisions will not be accepted.

The Parade Committee accepts no responsibility for any expenses incurred by entrants, whether accepted or not.

2019 Parade Theme


The King William Fair parade team has concepted the story/theme for the 2019 King William Fair opening parade! This year’s theme is to enlighten our audience on the age-old question asked by the tourists who visit our neighborhood “Who Is King William?”

King William may be named in honor of Kaiser Wilhelm of Prussia. However, there is a long history before and after that period belonging to this area.

We would love to have everyone apply to be an official parade entry. When deciding on your story for the parade, think of the many ways this area developed over time, as far back as the 1700s.

We ask applicants to choose a time frame between 1700, now and the future. Not having a solid plan for your parade’s theme is fine, as long as you are inspired by the era. Our chief wrangler will help you pick a story for your time era. If your entry is considered, someone from the parade committee will contact you to discuss your ideas. Acceptances will be sent no later than February 28, 2019.

When you apply please be specific when describing the story you plan to tell and how it will excite parade viewers. The more exciting your idea and your ability to enhance the theme’s story, the better chance you have being selected.

If you’re an artist and would like to participate, please email our chief parade wrangler at alicia@kwfair.org. . We are looking for artists in the form of sculptors, painters, actors and musicians who to would like to help enhance our participants’ entries.

If you have additional questions or would like to tell your story about King William please email alicia@kwfair.org.

Our King WIlliam Parade award team will comprise of various tenants of the King William Neighborhood. These categories are what you’ll be competing to claim the bragging rights!
Best Interpretation of "Who is King William?"
Most Comical Interpretation of "Who is King William?"
Most Creative Interpretation of "Who is King William?"
Best “What the heck, but that worked” Interpretation of "Who is King William?"
Best Exchange of Spirit (their spirit made you have spirit)
Most Memorable Entry

Participant Information

Please review the following documents and information below before submitting your application:

Fees & Required Documents

You are NOT required to submit payment, proof of vehicle insurance, or individual signed waivers with your application. If your application is accepted, you will receive an email invoice with instructions to pay the fees and a request for proof of vehicle insurance (if applicable) and signed waivers. We will send notification of acceptance or rejection by email on February 22, 2019.

Proof of Vehicle Insurance (valid through April 27, 2019, for each vehicle)

Application Processing Fee (online payment or check made payable to “King William Fair”):
$50 for residents of King William and Lavaca
$75 for non-residents

Optional: One-day “User Policy” Liability Insurance Fee
Vehicles and Equestrian Units MUST provide or purchase current liability insurance listing the King William Association and The Fiesta Commission as additional named insured.)
$52 (optional) for walking units
$160 (required) for vehicle units
$135 (required) for equestrian units

Payment instructions will be sent with your notice of acceptance on February 22, 2019.

The King William Fair and Parade go on rain or shine. The Fair is not responsible for goods damaged due to inclement weather.

Your application is a commitment to participate in the 2019 King William Fair Parade. If a written or emailed notice of cancellation is received on or before March 30, 2019, we will refund your application fee and 50% of any insurance fees. After March 30, 2019, we will not refund any fees, even if we cancel the event.

The King William Fair and Parade is a non-smoking event.

Important Dates & Deadlines

February 5, 2019 – Deadline for Applications
Any application received after February 5 will be considered late. No exceptions.

February 22, 2019 – Notification of Acceptance & Invoices Emailed
We will email notification of acceptance or rejection. If accepted, we will include an invoice for fees due and a reminder to submit proof of vehicle insurance and signed waivers.

March 8, 2019 – Deadline for Payment
Deadline for payment, proof of vehicle insurance, and proof of liability insurance for vehicle and equestrian units. Last date to receive a refund per the Refund Policy.

March 30, 2019 – Mandatory Parade Participant Meeting
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Your Parade position and route details will be distributed at this meeting.
Discounted Fair admission wristbands will be available to purchase at this meeting.
At least one representative from your group must attend.
Participants not attending this meeting may be denied entry.

April 27, 2019 – King William Fair Parade
Line-up may start as early as 7:00 a.m. The Parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m. SHARP.
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