*Health Services Providers specifically works with our Health Services Liaison to provide relevant health information and testing services to festival goers (i.e. Free and Confidential STI screening). If you are approved to be a Health Services Provider, it is not relevant if you're a for-profit or non-profit entity.
**You have agreed and submitted your information to become a TriPride Sponsor. If you have not already signed up to be a sponsor, please do so first by clicking here. If you are signed up to be a TriPride Sponsor, it is not relevant if you're a for-profit or non-profit entity.
As of July 15, 2021, we are quickly approaching capacity for booth spaces. If you do sign up to have a booth and we are over capacity, we will refund your booth deposit fee fully. Thank you for understanding.
You have selected to be both in the parade and have a festival booth. Please note: it is not advised to leave your booth space alone during the parade, nor are we able to accommodate booth item unloading after the designated time. Therefore, we advise to set up the booth space in the timeframe allowed and leave someone to manage the space while the other part of your contingency lines up for the parade. Once you are done with the parade and have parked your vehicle (if you have one) and/or float, then you can come through security to join the person(s) at your booth. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Welcome to the 2021 TriPride Parade in downtown Bristol!
This will be the first city-wide public Pride Parade and Festival in Bristol. We are making history again this year by having the parade down State Street in both Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA. We are the first Pride event in the nation to occur in two states simultaneously! Go Bristol!
Pride parades were the first public declaration and celebration of our LGBTQ community. The proud celebration of our unique diversity through visibility in the community helps to break down barriers of prejudice and discrimination. You make a difference in your participation through marching in the Parade. TriPride invites you to share in this experience and have a lot of fun doing it!
Feel free to be as creative as possible with your float, car or banners while promoting your business, church, group, etc. Don’t forget to bring beads, candy, flyers, and water as the crowd always loves freebies! (As a safety issue, you can pass out free items at street level but don’t throw them into the crowd. More on this below.)
Parade contingencies can look a variety of ways. It can be as simple as a hand drawn sign with your group’s name or theme, i.e. Siblings of LGBT. Or march holding a banner with your group name. Decorate a car, convertible, bike or golf cart and drive in the Parade. Or go full on with a float, from the simple back of a pick-up truck to an elaborate double decker creation with dancers and music!
Music is a strong part of Bristol. If you are looking for a theme for your contingency, the two-state element or a music emphasis would be good ones!
This is a daytime event which will have vendors, live music, arts and crafts, a Kids Zone, food and alcohol. Please make sure the people in your contingency group conduct themselves accordingly.
Underwear or swimwear alone on the lower half of the body for this event is inadequate. Please wear shorts, skirts or similar attire as a minimum requirement.
Animals, except for service animals, are not permitted inside the Festival grounds.
Please note: Registration for the TriPride Parade is free. All contingencies must be approved by the TriPride Parade Committee. Violating any of the restrictions below can cause you to be excluded from participating in the parade.
As previously mentioned, the TriPride Parade is happening in both TN and VA at the same time. Our route starts at the 7th Street/State Street intersection and we march down State Street making a left onto Lee Street. Specifics to follow after registration is approved. There are a number of restrictions we need to abide by which apply to all parades that occur down State Street.
State Street Bridge over Beaver Creek (at 7th Street/Piedmont Avenue Intersection) Weight Limit. The weight limit for any participating vehicle in the parade is 17 tons for any two-axle vehicle or 26 tons for vehicles with three or more axles to cross the State Street bridge over Beaver Creek under the 7th Street/Piedmont Avenue intersection. No exceptions. The Bristol, Virginia Police Department will assign an officer to review the entries while they are staged on Bob Morrison Boulevard to ensure compliance. The ultimate responsibility for compliance with the weight limit is with that particular vehicular participant themselves.
No Floats over 15’ High. This is due to the power lines and traffic signals that we will pass under on State Street.
Law Enforcement Vehicles to Lead the Parade. Law enforcement vehicles will lead the parade. The mix of which agency will provide the vehicles is to be determined amongst those agencies.
No Confetti or Laminated Materials. The throwing or distribution paper confetti or similar materials (such as temporary tattoos or coupons on small pieces of paper) or plastic-laminated papers by any parade participants is prohibited. If the pavement is even slightly damp, it is very difficult to mechanically remove this material from the pavement surface after the parade.
No Pushcart Peddling. No selling of souvenirs, food, etc. from pushcarts traveling on the pavement or sidewalks of the parade route is permitted in either Bristol.
Sirens and Air Horns. The blowing of sirens, air horns, etc. during the parade is prohibited, so that there is no confusion between sirens and air horns blown in celebration and sirens and air horns blown to warn of an actual emergency and the need to travel to the emergency site.
Distribution of Candy, etc. from Moving Vehicles. Candy, coupons, pens, etc. or other items to be distributed to the spectators from parade entrants will be handed out by persons on foot. Requiring spectators to walk up to a vehicle or float to be handed candy or other items directly from a rider, or having spectators chase items thrown from parade participants, is prohibited in the interest of spectator safety.
Horses and Other Animals. You are responsible for ensuring that any horses or other such animals in the parade are properly diapered or are accompanied by personnel equipped to clean up any waste products so as not to pose a hazard to parade participants following behind. Dogs shall be leashed or restrained in accordance with local ordinances.
Reckless Driving Prohibited. Parade participants are not permitted to drive recklessly (i.e., burnouts, wheelies, etc.) in the parade, even though the streets are closed to public traffic, in the interests of spectator safety.
Golf Carts and Similar Vehicles Prohibited on public roads. The use of golf carts or similar vehicles on roadways open to public vehicular traffic is prohibited. This means you can have these vehicles in the parade but you can’t drive them on public roads to get them there or take them away after the parade.
The Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 16, 2021.
Staging for the parade will take place starting at 9:00 a.m. Specifics will be announced after your registration is received and approved.
All floats and motorized contingencies must report in no later than 10:00 a.m. Walking contingencies must report in no later than 10:30 a.m. Please make sure to car pool as there is limited space for parking and staging. There will be a map posted on the website with parking lots and garages for parade participants.
Floats and vehicles IN the parade will have a designated area to leave your vehicles for the day after the parade ends so you can proceed directly to the festival.
The Festival ends at 6:00 p.m. All floats and vehicles should be moved out of the area by 7:00 p.m. Saturday night.
Please Note: Exhibitor refers to both For-Profit and Non-Profit Exhibitors. TriPride TN, Inc. is represented as TriPride.
Exhibitors shall pay a fee for booth space (see details below). Payment can be made via online payment, check, or invoice. If you have special circumstances, please save the form to complete later and reach out to us. We will do our best to work with you. Health Services Providers and Sponsors are not required to pay the booth fee.
We will do our best to accommodate any special needs. Final decisions on placement and accommodation will be up to the Festival Committee.
Non-Profit Exhibitors shall pay a $25 fee for a booth. Non-Profit Exhibitors who are selling items are welcome to keep all sales up to a $750 cap. Beyond the $750 threshold, TriPride asks the Non-Profit Exhibitor to remit payment of 10% of sales, above the $750 cap, to TriPride within 30 days of the event. Additionally, we ask that the Non-Profit Exhibitor provide an estimate to TriPride within 30 days of the event of their total sales.
For-Profit Exhibitors shall pay a $50 fee for a booth. For-Profit Exhibitors who are selling items are welcome to keep all sales up to a $750 cap. Beyond the $750 threshold, TriPride asks the For-Profit Exhibitor to remit payment of 10% of sales, above the $750 cap, to TriPride within 30 days of the event. Additionally, we ask that the For-Profit Exhibitor provide an estimate to TriPride within 30 days of the event of their total sales.
These requests are done for two reasons: to help us understand our economic impact -- an important metric to grant providers, sponsors, city partners, and the TriPride organization -- and to allow us to keep our entry fees very low. This is based on the honor system and helps support our volunteer-lead organization. An email will be sent out after the event requesting this information. Failure to respond may result in your application being denied at future events. We thank you in advance for understanding and your honesty.
TriPride agrees to provide a designated location to each approved exhibitor. Unless a different booth size has been previously arranged with a member of the Festival Committee, a 10' x 10' booth space will be provided. Exhibitors will provide their own tables, chairs, tent, booth accessories, etc.
Booth access to electricity may be available on a very limited basis, but is not guaranteed. If the Exhibitor would like to bring their own power generator, the Exhibitor must first request permission from TriPride. Exhibitors with a power generator will be placed in the best location for festival patrons to ensure the generators do not negatively affect the quality of the event. The generator may be inspected by a Fire Marshal, TriPride board member, police, or any combination to ensure safety. There are limited number of spaces available. TriPride cannot guarantee accommodations for all Exhibitors who wish to bring their own power generator.
Selling food and beverages are prohibited without application and approval of TriPride's Food & Beverage Committee. TriPride reserves the right to confiscate any food or beverage being sold without permission for the duration of the festival. If there are any losses of product in value or the physical item, the Exhibitor cannot and will not hold TriPride liable for said loss. However, providing Free Water is encouraged and is a great way to engage with festival patrons.
Out of fairness and consideration of all festival participants, the Exhibitor acknowledges and agrees to only utilize such space contained within the confines of its booth, and not to extend beyond 5 feet directly in front of its booth, for any sales, distribution, or other solicitation by the Exhibitor.
As a courtesy to other exhibitors and festival participants, any amplified sound and loud noise from your booth is prohibited. Additionally, the Exhibitor acknowledges and agrees that any material of an adult nature shall be displayed subject to the Federal, State, and Local rules, laws, and regulations regarding the display of such materials, which may be considered obscene or objectionable for view by minors.
The Exhibitor must refrain from selling or giving away sexually explicit items. Sexual health items, such as condoms and personal lubricants, are permitted. Sex toys are not.
The Exhibitor shall not display, offer for view, or sell any illegal or contraband items consistent with local, state, and federal laws.
You may not sell or give away any items that are contrary to TriPride's mission and values.
The Exhibitor shall not display, offer for view, or sell any items that are unlicensed and/or copies/interpretations of licensed or registered items.
This is a daytime event which will have vendors, live music, arts and crafts, children's activities, food and alcohol. The Exhibitor shall conduct themselves appropriately. Underwear or swimwear alone on the lower half of the body for this event is inadequate. Please wear shorts, skirts or similar attire as a minimum requirement.
The Exhibitor shall not display, offer for view, take orders for, sell, or solicit for donation any items that are imprinted, emblazoned or marked in any manner with “TriPride”. Even when printed with other words, The Exhibitor shall not offer phrases, logos, or artwork with any variations of these words without explicit permission from TriPride.
The Exhibitor shall not sublet their space to anyone.
The Exhibitor acknowledges and understands that they are responsible for sales and use tax and shall in no way hold TriPride or its representatives responsible for any type of permits other than for the festival itself. The Exhibitor is responsible for the acts, and all costs associated with any and all its employees and volunteers. The Exhibitor shall hold itself out as an Agent of TriPride.
TriPride will not provide overnight security at the festival site. TriPride and the host city accepts no responsibility for items left overnight or unmonitored during the time of the festival. The Exhibitor is solely responsible for the security of all items in their booth at all times.
TriPride makes no representation or guarantees towards actual festival attendance.
The Exhibitor understands that TriPride has no control over weather, acts of God, acts of terrorism, or governmental intervention, or any other cause that may prevent and alter and/or interrupt the festival. Participants shall hold TriPride and its agents harmless for any losses that could arise because of such event. TriPride does not refund booth fees due to weather, acts of God, acts of terrorism, or governmental intervention.
TriPride reserves the right to place the Exhibitor in a booth location at the complete discretion of TriPride. TriPride shall have sole and complete authority to place the participant in any location contained in the place of vendorship, irrespective of the participant’s request. TriPride makes no representation, nor does it guarantee any volume of “foot-traffic” of Festival Guests in any area of the TriPride Festival. TriPride cannot speculate, nor control, the popularity of one area of the Festival over the other.
The Exhibitor, upon vacating their booth space(s) will ensure that such space shall be free of any and all trash or refuse, with such being placed in the appropriate containers. Failure of the the Exhibitor to clean their booth site may result in the future denial of the Exhibitor's participation.
TriPride reserves the right to refuse any applicant for any reason with or without cause.
Cancellations / Refund Policy: A 75% refund will be given with a written request received by August 15, 2021. A 50% refund will be given with a written request received between August 16 and September 17, 2021, if the space can be filled from an approved waiting list. No refunds will be given for any request received after September 18, 2021. If the event has to be canceled due to COVID-19, 100% will be refunded to the exhibitor.
However, if the event has to be canceled, or postponed and the exhibitor can not participate at the new date, the exhibitor will have the option of either a full refund or donating the booth fee to TriPride.
The Exhibitor acknowledges and agrees to abide by all directions by TriPride and the host city, which seek to protect the environment and infrastructure of the city and the safety of festival patrons. The Exhibitor hereby acknowledges its liability, and agrees to compensate TriPride for any damage(s) caused by, including but not limited to, its representatives, agents, employees, volunteers, members, vehicles, equipment, materials, objects to the environs and infrastructure of the city which causes TriPride to pay for the repair, replacement, or other remuneration to the host city for such damage.
The Exhibitor agrees to each and all clauses set forth in this agreement and identified in the TriPride Parade & Festival application, herein incorporated by reference. Failure by the Exhibitor to abide by any clauses set forth in this agreement gives TriPride, and/or the authorized agents of the TriPride organization the right to:
Please Note: The State of Virginia and the City of Bristol, Virginia require business licenses to sell at festivals. If you don't already have a business license for Virginia, you may download the business license form at https://www.bristolva.org/DocumentCenter/View/2538/BUSINESS-LICENSE-FORM
Since ours is a one day event, the city's licensure fee is $30.75. You may fill out the business license form and include a check for the fee. Send it to:
City of Bristol, VA
Cloe-Eva Barker, City of Bristol Commissioner of the Revenue
497 Cumberland Street
Bristol, VA 24201
If you have questions about the business license, please call the City of Bristol, Virginia Commissioner of the Revenue at 276.645.7316.
This information will also be emailed to you when you complete the form.
Checks will be accepted through July 15. After that, Electronic Payments will be the only form of accepted payment. Applications submitted prior to July 15 will be canceled if a payment is not received by July 15.
Please write your check to TriPride TN, Inc. and mail it to:
TriPride TN, Inc.
P.O. Box 4545
Johnson City, TN 37602
An invoice will be sent to the email address you provided above. Invoices will extended through July 15 to be paid no later than July 31. After July 31, Electronic Payments will be the only form of accepted payment unless you have special permission from TriPride. Applications submitted, and invoices sent, prior to July 15 will be canceled if a payment is not received by July 31.
You will be redirected to a secure payment system after you submit the form.