2019 Parade Participation Information

GENERAL

The Asbury Park St Patrick’s Day Parade will commence at 1:00pm. Members of the APSPDP Committee will be ensuring that all parade participants are in the correct order and making last minute adjustments. We will be available to help you with any questions and assist you in getting to your line-up position. All members of Committee will be wearing parade laminates.

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.

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.

PARADE CHECK-IN

Check-in is required for all parade participants. Check-in will take place from 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM on Seventh Avenue at Kingsley Street. Someone from your organization must check in at the check in tent prior to taking your spot.

Buses and vehicles may drop off only and may NOT remain in the line-up staging area!

At check in, you will be given a position number which we ask you to display either in your car window, or be prepared to show to a parade organizer. Your position number is located in your confirmation letter. This number corresponds with a number that will be written on the street to aid you in finding your exact line up location. Please verify that the position number you are given corresponds with both the number at the check-in point and the painted number on the street. There is a possibility of position numbers changing the morning of the parade, SO CHECK IN IS MANDATORY. Bands will be lined up along Seventh Avenue and Ocean Avenue in numerical order.

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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