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G-FEST XXIV Costume Parades

Contest and Showcase Rules

  • No open flame, fire, flash powder or flash paper is allowed. Sealed electronic flashes are permitted. No pointing of laser pens at the audience or tech crew.
  • No messy substances on stage. If in doubt ask the Showcase Directors.
  • Costumes must be in good taste. G-FEST prides itself in being a family-friendly environment.
  • All Prop weapons must be checked by Showcase Staff. No real firearms, realistic copies, and no projectile weapons/features are allowed. All costume weapon props must be marked with orange tape indicating it is a toy and non-functional.
  • Multiple entries: While any individual may wear as many costumes as they like, they can only compete with one of them. If multiple entries are desired, the contestant must fill out a form for each costume entered, noting multiple entries on each form, as well as notifying the Showcase staff as to which costume is to be entered for competition.
  • There will be two Costume Parades. The first will be held Friday evening for the 12 and under Young Fan categories. The Second will be held on Saturday night for the Novice, Journeyman, Master, and Showcase Categories. Contestants must report to the Dojo Room on time. Report times will be supplied at the designated orientation session for each Parade. Failure to appear or to be ready to go on stage may result in disqualification. Entries are due at 4:00 PM on Friday. Late acceptances without notice will be allowed to walk but cannot be guaranteed an announcement or competition ballot/entry.
  • The Showcase Directors reserve the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other contestants, poor sportsmanship, or for any other reason deemed sufficient. Flagrant or repeated violations of the rules may result in the contestant being barred from future Showcases, at the Director’s discretion.
  • Prizes: Best in Show (Foamie), First Prize for each division, and Judge’s Choice awards are given out at the discretion of the Judges. The Judges may choose not to give out any awards in a division at all if they do not feel any costumes or entrants behavior entered in that division are deserving of an award. The decisions of the Judges are final.

Costume Parade Contest Divisions

Young Fan Division (ages 12 and under): Friday Parade

Young Fan (youth built): A junior contestant who has largely or wholly constructed his/her own costume.

Young Fan (adult built): A junior contestant whose costume has been largely or wholly constructed by an adult who is not a professional costume builder.

Adult Division (ages 13 and over): Saturday Parade

Note: purchased or rented costumes; assemblies of masks, suits, and gloves; or 2014 inflatable Godzilla costumes cannot enter in the Novice, Journeyman, or Master divisions. Please reference the Showcase category if you wish to walk in the parade.

Novice Division

A contestant who has not won a major award at another costume showcase outside of junior costume divisions.

Journeyman Division

A contestant who has won fewer than three awards at previous contests while competing in the Journeyman Division.

Master Division

A contestant who has won three times in the Journeyman Division, or has won a Master award at a WorldCon, CostumeCon or a major award at a nationally recognized regional fan convention. Also, anyone who is a professional in a costume-related business must compete as a Master. For the purpose of this competition, a professional is defined as making 50% or more of their income in a costuming-related business. The professional must make and wear his own suit.

Showcase Parade Division

This division is for those who cannot or do not wish to compete in another division, but would like to show off their costume. Professionally made costumes; those made for theatrical and business purposes, are limited to enter only in this division.

2014 inflatable Godzilla Costumes have a sub-division where they will parade as a part of the G-Fantis group to kick off the Contest Parade on Saturday night. Please list your costume as “2014 Inflatable Godzilla” on your entry form.