REGISTRATION: There will be a registration table at the entrance to the driveway at McCarthy Middle School. Please have someone in your group stop and register so we know you are there and we can tell you what location you need to be in.
TIME: Units will begin lining up at 7:00 a.m. at McCarthy Middle School on North Road in Chelmsford. This is just off the Drum Hill “Rotary” area. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. promptly.
PICK-UP SPOT FOR SHUTTLE BUSSES: Please park your vehicles at the Chelmsford Public Library, the Shops on Summer Street or in front of the old Marshall’s and Stop & Shop buildings. Busses will be picking up riders along side of the old Marshall’s building on Summer Street. Busses will be available to take anyone marching in the parade to McCarthy Middle School. The parade will end at Summer Street in Chelmsford Center so your vehicles will be right there at the end of the parade.
THE LAST BUS: WILL LEAVE SUMMER STREET AT 9:00 A.M. IF YOU DO NOT GET THE BUS YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE DROPPED OFF BY 9:00 A.M. AS NORTH ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AT 9:00 A.M.
PARKING: There will be no parking at McCarthy Middle School on North Road where the parade begins. This area is needed to stage the parade and space is very limited for all the units we have.
BAND BUSSES: Band busses will be allowed to drop band members off at the school and then can proceed to the Summer Street parking areas. This is where the parade will end so the busses will be convenient for your band members. The bands will be lined up at the right of McCarthy Middle School between the school and the police station.
FLOATS: We are requesting that no water guns, hoses, etc. be on any of the floats. Last year the electronics in a float was ruined, expensive camera equipment was damaged and the inside of a truck had problems with water. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY WATER DAMAGE. FLOATS WILL BE INSPECTED BY PARADE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
In order to be eligible for Judging of your float, it must be at McCarthy and totally put together by 9:00 a.m.
Vehicle drivers are responsible for the safety of passengers in the vehicle and on the float. Floats should have “spotters” on each side of the float watching out for the safety of their passengers.
Please use caution when distributing candy during the parade. Do not throw candy from vehicles or floats. Please have designated walkers hand out candy. We don’t want children running in front of moving vehicles to get candy that is thrown out.
DRINKING WATER: Generally it is a hot day, please be sure to have “plenty” of drinking water – stay hydrated!!
The Chelmsford Police Department and Parade Officials have complete authority over the parade.
Please take a look at our web site for maps and additional information about the parade.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:
JOHN OSBORN 978-758-0770 KATHY OSBORN 978-761-9601