Each group will be judged on the following categories: Appearance, Creativity, Relevance to the MLK Holiday, Quality. Each group will be rated on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) in each category. Each group will be judged for 30 seconds at the viewing stage located at S. Tryon and the Levine Avenue of the Arts.

If any group performs longer than 30 seconds before moving to the official end of the parade a points will be deducted from the final score. This is a family event. Any  performance that is deemed inappropriate (violent, vulgar, sexually suggestive, etc.) by MLK Holiday Parade Staff will be escorted out of the parade line up and will not be  scored.

You will be notification via email of the winners and a check made out to the group NOT an individual will be mailed to you. No exceptions.

Please click here for a sample of the scoring sheet.

Please click here for the prize money structure.