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Parade Safety Information

Parade Safety Information

All entries with the exception of bands and equestrians MUST enter the staging area by turning off of N. Lombard on to N. Buchanan, and then proceeding to the Check In Booth on the corner of N. Buchanan and N. Central (see map). There you will be given a packet with your entry number and judging form. The Volunteer at the Check In Booth will direct you to your staging area.

Bands and Equestrians: If you have any questions about how to enter the staging area, please contact a parade Volunteer at

Busses: Travel west on N. Lombard to N. St. Louis. Turn right and go to N. Smith and turn right again. Drop parade participants off in front of Assumption Village Retirement Home, on the corner of N. Smith and N. Burr, across Burr from the Roosevelt High School football field. After dropping off participants, proceed straight ahead on N. Smith to N. Ida and turn right. Go to N. Lombard and turn right again. Travel to N. St. Louis, turn right, and go to N. Central and turn right. At the far corner of the Community Center park is N. John. Turn left and pull up as far as possible to park your bus. The parade disbands at the St. Johns Community Center.

If you are a vehicle group or if your group has more than one car/truck/float in your entry, you MUST get together as a group outside the staging area and come in as a group to the Registration Table. Once any of you have entered the staging area, it will be impossible to get the rest of your group staged together if you don’t enter at the same time.

For Safety’s Sake: Important Safety Information

Equestrian entries: you must keep your horses under control at all times and provide your own clean up scooper. Also, riders under 18 years of age must have a walker with them at all times during staging and on the parade route. Equestrian Judging starts at 10:00 am.

Other animals, including pets, are not allowed in the parade without prior approval.

All parade entries with children participating must have a signed Permission Slip with them on parade day for each child under 18 years of age, or thru 20 years of age, if he/she is still living with/insured by parents or legal guardian. The permission slip must have emergency contact information and must be signed by the parent or legal guardian of the child, giving the child permission to participate in the parade. Children must be supervised at all times.

If participants are on a vehicle or flat bed truck they will not be allowed to get on and off the vehicle during staging or on the parade route. Once on, stay on. Again, this is for the safety of all participants and spectators.

No candy, treats, flyers, or other items may be tossed, dropped, rolled or handed out by walkers or riders, or from floats or vehicles.

Adequate spacing between entries allows for safety, and for spectators to appreciate each entry. If the space between you and the entry ahead of you becomes less than a car length, pause long enough to increase the space to one car length before continuing. Please follow the instructions of any parade security volunteers or police officers.

Please do not attempt to drive down streets that have been barricaded. Please tell the other people in your group not to attempt to drive down streets that have been barricaded.


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