​Everything you need to know about Fringed Flags

Posted by Alexis C. on Dec 03, 2021

What are fringed flags?

People all over the world take part in celebrations, ceremonies and conferences. Many of these events are marked with one beautiful thing in common – ceremonial flags, sometimes known as parade flags. You will recognize these flags from the distinct fringe on three sides, with the remaining side outfitted with a sleeve for a parade or indoor flagpole.

What is the meaning behind fringed flags?

Fringe always adds a timeless elegance to any flag such as state or international flags. Whether indoors at special venues or outside at a parade, fringe is used as an “honorable enrichment” to the flag. When using a military flag during a parade it is mandatory to use one with fringe. No ifs, ands, or buts about it! Despite some old folklore, the fringe does not signal maritime or martial law.

When did America start using fringed flags?

Like a lot of American traditions, we adopted the use of ceremonial flags from the British. Although using fringe as décor on flags dates back in history, records suggest that fringe was first used on the American flag in the 1830s. In 1895, they were adopted for use in the Army. All regiments of the U.S. Army began using American flags with gold fringe around that time. The U.S. Army Regulation Code even includes a section about the gold fringe.

Can fringed flags be flown outdoors?

These flags are not designed to withstand the outdoor elements because the fringe is a mold magnet. Respect the fringe. You may not fly them on any outdoor flagpole that remains stationary.

Moving flagpoles are a different story. These flags can be used outdoors briefly during parades or outdoor observances. A carry belt is required for these shortened outdoor displays to make your life easier and keep the flag from hitting the ground. White parade gloves are traditionally used as an “honorable enrichment” to your hands.

Where should fringed flags be displayed?

Fringed flags, and indoor displays in general, are essential in more places than you might realize. Here are some examples, however, this is not a complete list.

  • Hotel Ballrooms
  • Stages
  • The DMV
  • Boardrooms
  • Military Bases
  • Places of Worship
  • VFW Halls
  • Courtrooms
  • Government Buildings
  • Auditoriums
  • Conference Rooms
  • Businesses
  • American Legion Halls
  • Lodges
  • Convention Centers
  • Schools/Colleges
  • Graduation Ceremonies
  • Hotel Lobbies

Where can you get a fringed flag?

Flags.com offers top-quality fringed military flags to buy individually and as complete sets. These flags are made in America with premium nylon material. Most flags come with the option for a fringed finish, but if you ever see a flag without this choice, you can always contact us for a custom flag quote. Your options are endless.