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Get the detailsEach year, more than 50,000 people line the streets of downtown Fort Wayne to see colorful parade floats, balloons and parade walkers. The parade starts at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, so make sure to get your spot early. The route begins on Van Buren Street near St. Joseph Hospital, then weaves along Main and Berry streets, and ending along Calhoun Street.
Participants compete for a parade trophy in these categories:
Best overall float with outstanding presentation and design
Most original float with creativity and imagination that is uncommon
Festival parade committee trophy: Float that best portrays "Made Here" theme
Admiral Andy's trophy:
Float that is most educational or has the best appeal for children
Specialty Commercial trophy:
Commercial unit that is not a float, balloon, or band. Trophy awarded based on the Parade Judge's choice.
Speciality not-for-profit trophy:
Not-for-profit unit that is not a float, balloon, or band. Trophy awarded based on the Parade Judge's choice.