Cosplay Contest

Cosplay Contest at RCP

What is cosplay?


Ringgold Civic Pavilion is having their first ever cosplay competition 

Friday, October 19th at Ringgold Civic Pavillion.  6 pm -10 pm

The competition will make its debut inside the Ringgold Civic Pavilion and will run simultaneous to Scarecrow Trail, Scarecrow Contest, and The Movie In The Patch.

Cosplayers from Brownsville, and lower RGV  will be competing for great prizes.

Each division winner will receive a trophy, and gift card.

The grand prize winner will receive a best in show trophy and grand prize gift card of $$$.

For those unfamiliar, cosplay is the practice of dressing in costume and accessories as a character from a movie, book, series or video game. This competition will be open to any cosplayer age 13 and older. Costumes must be at least 75 percent handmade or altered. Commissioned costumes will only be allowed if the creator is present.

Those who wish to enter must register in person or online. 

For more information please contact Yoli Perez-Ayala at 956-547-6850


Registration for the Ringgold Civic Pavilion Cosplay Contests begins September 21, 2018 and closes on October 19th, 2018, or when all slots are filled up. 

All audio/video media for the Contest is due on October 18th, 2018.

There will be a total of 40 entries via online submission. Once the spots fill up online registration will close and a waiting list will be created.  


As participants in the contest are representatives of the community, positive behavior is expected. Any kind of harassment, including harassment on social media or improper conduct, will not be tolerated and will be grounds for dismissal from the convention as well as possible criminal charges.

The maximum number of participants allowed in a group is 8; this number includes stage ninjas or other non-competing helpers.

Changes to entries need to be emailed to If you wish to change the entire entry, including series and/or characters, please submit a new entry and send an email to communicating the change in entry. 



All genres of costume are allowed.   Each costume must have an original source (e.g. movie, TV show, manga, video game, etc.).

All costumes must be at least 75% made or altered by the contestants themselves. If a contestant has help or has commissioned part of their costume the person must be present during judging to have that part of the costume count towards their overall score.

If you have any questions about this please contact us at 


Stage Presentation

Contestants will be given 2 minutes for stage presentation. While there is some leeway with time, if a contestant grossly disregards the time limit it will result in disqualification.

Performances must be PG: offensive language and/or vulgar performances are not allowed.
Dancing is allowed.

Performances that include dancing or songs within are accepted as long as they are not the main concept.
Contestants must move at 3/4 speed for all combat and action sequences. Stunts must be approved by the Cosplay Staff.
Nothing is to be left on the stage after the performance including, but not limited to, glitter, confetti, and streamers.  


Media Requirements

DUE DATE: Monday, October 15th 4 PM.

Required Items

Profile picture for the program guide and display
750 x 500 pixels
This photo does not need to be of the costume you will compete in. We ask that you submit a picture of high quality that does not have any text overlay.
Backdrop for the screen on stage
1920×1080 pixels minimum
Acceptable formats for the backdrop include MP3, avi, mp4, and jpeg.
You must own the licensing rights or have permission if it is copy-righted material.
If you are using a video you do not need to submit a backdrop.
Audio or Video
Video only: 1920×1080 pixels minimum
You must own the licensing rights or have permission if it is copy-righted material.
No longer than 2 minutes
Reference Picture
Naming Your Files

Replace ‘YourCosplayName’ with the pseudonym you submit with your entry.

If the submitted media is not to specification, convention staff reserve the right to replace the media with appropriate ones.


City of Brownsville – Ringgold Civic Pavilion encourages our attendees to dress up in creative and interesting cosplay, but for the safety of yourself and others, we have created rules and regulations that determine what is acceptable at CosPlay. When bringing in your cosplay, costume, prop, or anything else, please keep these rules in mind.

City of Brownsville –Ringgold Civic Pavilion reserves the right to inspect all costumes and weapons on an individual basis in order to ensure that the event remains completely safe and family-friendly. Those who violate these rules assume all responsibility in the event of death or injury.

Cosplay Categories:  Cosplay has two categories: Performance & Workmanship. Entries may choose to compete in one or both categories if they qualify, or they must appear as an "Exhibition" if they do not qualify for or do not desire to participate in either category. There will be one winner chosen per skill level in each category as well as a "Best in Show." There may also be honorable mentions or "shout outs", however they will not receive any official award or prize.

Workmanship - Entries are judged on both the overall appearance of their cosplay, and the quality of the construction of the costume. Purchased costumes may not compete in this category, but outfits do not need to be worn by the creator so long as the costume creator is present at the convention and judging. Contestants are encouraged to bring reference pictures and in-progress photographs to show the judges during the prejudging before the on-stage presentation. Groups or individuals that are doing performances for the Performance category may request to be judged on Workmanship as well, but no one can go on stage a second time to be judged separately for Workmanship.

If an outfit includes a combination of created and purchased items, any purchased pieces must be disclosed to the judges on your entry form. Judges will determine your eligibility, which generally requires that at least 75% of your costume has been created or altered in a significant enough of a manner. Judges have the exclusive ability to determine costumes eligibility in the workmanship contest.

Performance - Entries are being judged on their acting, memorization, representation, and presence. In short, how well they can act like a certain character, or how well they perform a skit, how well they present themselves in their cosplay, etc. Purchased costumes may compete in this category. Groups or individuals that are doing performances for the Performance category may request to be judged on Workmanship as well, but no one can go on stage a second time to be judged separately for Workmanship.

Exhibition - Exhibition is for those who do not wish to compete, or for those with purchased/commissioned cosplays that do not desire to perform. Because convention staff members may not win, they are included in this category. Contestants in this division are ineligible for any awards.

Judging Divisions:  

Inexperienced: If this is your first Cosplay experience or you have never won a “Best in Category” Cosplay Award, this is your division

Experienced:  If you have ever won a “Best in Category” Cosplay Award, you are experienced

Master:   if you have won two or more “Best in Category” Cosplay Awards, you are a master.  A higher level of cleanliness, creativity and overall mastery of craft will be expected in this category.

Keep it PG-13: All attire must cover any area normally covered by a swimsuit. Cosplay and props must all be PG rated as determined by event staff.

Safety of props: All cosplay must not be dangerous in any way to anyone who is in proximity of your outfit. Costumes and props that pose a danger to their wearers, such as stilts, skateboards, roller blades, pressurized vessels, heating elements that may cause fires or chemicals that may be caustic are not allowed.

Metal props: Any prop, whether on or off costume, that is made of a material that has hardness sufficient enough to use used as a blunt weapon, is strictly prohibited. Props that have the appearance of metal but is made of a material that is soft (e.g. EVA foam) is acceptable.

Size of prop: Any prop that exceeds 6 feet in length on its longest size is prohibited at the event.

Bludgeoning objects: Any prop that can be used as a bludgeoning weapon (bat, golf clubs, etc.) are strictly prohibited from the premises unless prior authorization has been made with the RCP staff. Any display of such an object in a threatening manner will result in your immediate removal from the premises.

We will ask any attendee who has a prop that is unacceptable to leave the device in their vehicle.

Music: Costumes and props that have amplified audio must have volume control and should be kept at a volume where the music is not heard past 20 feet. Owners of portable speakers and/or amplified audio must turn the volume down when asked by event security.

Projectile weapons: All projectile weapons, including nerf guns, bows, slings, crossbows, airsoft guns, must be disabled and unloaded. All bows or string-type projectile weapons must be unstrung or strung with an unusable material such as twine. No bolts, arrows, or missiles can be carried unless they are fake, not fire-able, and not sharp or dangerous.

All props that conform to these rules will be checked and disabled.

Airsoft and Gun-like props:  Gun-like props that have been modified with appropriate florescent marking may be acceptable pending review from RCP Staff. No ammunition of any kind may be carried, this includes inert, BB, pellets, or any other projectile that can be fired by chemical propellant, pneumatic, or hydraulic methods.

Firearms: Any firearm, disabled or unloaded, are strictly prohibited in all event spaces.

If you have any questions regarding your prop to see if it’s acceptable under our rules and regulations, please send a clear image  to be reviewed for approval. Any prop that is unsafe or threatening manner will be confiscated by RCP Staff. Please note that our policies and procedures may change at any time, and keep common sense in mind when bringing your prop to our event.