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2017 Parade Participation Information

GENERAL: Asbury Park’s 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts promptly at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017. There is no rain date. If the parade is canceled due to inclement weather, every attempt will be made to contact all participants no later than the morning of the parade.

All parade entries must check-in at the Parade Registration Desk located at the corner of Kingsley Street and 7th Ave by 12:15. Signs and volunteers will direct participants to their designated staging area. If an entry is not present in their designated staging area by 12:30pm, they will not be allowed to participate in the parade.

Participants will be permitted 20 seconds to perform at the Review Stand in Press Plaza.

PARADE ROUTE:

CANDY HANDOUTS: Throwing candy or anything else into a crowd from a moving vehicle is very dangerous. Candy and other objects may be handed safely to spectators by walkers nearest to the curb.

PARADE CHECK-IN: An informational packet will be emailed to all participants prior to the parade. All entrants should report to the check-in area located at 7th and Kingsley Street. All parade entries with vehicles should enter the parade staging area from Kingsley Ave and head to the Parade Registration area. Check-in opens at 10:30am and closes at 12:15pm. All units must be checked in by 12:15pm, unless otherwise specified. Upon check-in, your unit will be given a parade number that corresponds to your place in the parade. You will also be instructed by a staging coordinator where to line up, based on your assigned number. By parade day, much review has already gone into the line-up. The decision of the staging coordinator concerning participation and position in the parade is final.

NOTE: PARKING IN THE STAGING AREAS IS FOR PARADE ENTRIES ONLY. ANY PERSONAL VEHICLES PARKING IN ANY OF THE STAGING AREAS MAY BE TOWED.

BANDS: The Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade seeks to be one of the best marching band parades in the northeast with many competing and non-competing band entries taking part.

WALKING UNITS, VEHICLES & OTHER ENTRIES: Follow the general check-in information. Entries must reflect the description on the entry form (For example, if the form says you will have 10 participants/vehicles, don’t show up with more). The registration form asks for number of marchers accompanying your entry. If you are a non-political organization and have more than 50 people interested walking, please indicate this on your entry form, so the committee can review your entry and contact you. We appreciate your cooperation!

Horse units, pets and antique cars will be permitted. Only cars 30 years or older will be considered antique. Horse units/pet owners must provide a cleanup crew with “pooper scooper.”

The driver of every motorized parade unit must be in possession of a valid Driver’s license and must have a valid insurance card for motor vehicle operation. On the day of the Parade, these items must be produced for inspection upon the request of any Parade Marshal or member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

All motorized units over 20 feet in length and/or vehicles with children 13 years of age or younger riding are required to have a minimum of two walkers on each side of the vehicle for safety.

FLOATS & ENTRIES: Entrants are encouraged to make their entry as entertaining as possible for the audience. Floats, marching units and other parade participants are encouraged to dress for the occasion. In the spirit of a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, all entries are encouraged to join in the “Wearing of the Green.”

Failure to comply may result in exclusion of all or part of the entry. The decision of the parade committee and staging area coordinator is final.

FLOATS: To qualify as a float, an entry should be skirted, and all objects on it must be completely decorated in good taste. Please, No signs stating prices of goods or services offered by business entry on float.

 

Floats must not exceed 20 feet in length and 8 feet in height. (All exceptions MUST be approved by the Parade Committee in advance)

 

Lettering must be at least 6 inches in height, unless a company logo is incorporated in the design of the float.

 

If music or sound is to be used on a float, this must be stated on the application.

No political advertisement and promotions of any type will be permitted to be displayed by anyone taking part in the parade. Violators will be asked to stop. If violators do not stop, the entry will be removed from the parade. This is a non-political event.

All material must be flame retardant

 

Deviation from the above rules will be made at the sole discretion of the Parade Committee and are final.

PACING: To prevent gaps, please maintain pacing. Entries should not stop or slow down to perform along the parade route. Keep a short, safe interval from the unit in front of you. Please be aware that there may be marching bands near your entry. Please do not blast horns or sirens or otherwise interfere with performing bands. All efforts will be made to disperse parade entries to minimize excessive noise between entries and allow spectators to enjoy the music of the bands.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: The St. Pat’s Parade is a family event with students and children participants and spectators. The consumption of alcoholic beverages by parade participants in the staging area and throughout the 20 minutes of the parade route is prohibited. Open alcoholic beverages are prohibited in any motorized vehicle by law. Violators and their entries are subject to removal by the Committee.

PARKING – Parade participants may park (for free) in the parking lot on Second Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Kingsley Street. Parking meters are in effect for on street-parking.

If you will be arriving by bus, you should be dropped off at the check-in point and busses should proceed to the Asbury Park Train Station parking lot located behind City Hall on Memorial Drive between Springwood Avenue and Bangs Avenue (west side of train station). When the parade is finished, The Asbury Park Police Department will direct busses to the City Hall parking lot entrance where the parade concludes (on Main St).

MORE INFORMATION:  Contact the Parade Staff at asburystpatsparade@gmail.com