FAQs

Can Vendors sell goods or food during the parade?

A: Outside vendors are NOT ALLOWED to sell goods during the parade.

How will I be notified of my accepted application?

A: Each accepted participant will receive a notification via email within 72 hours after submission of the parade application.

When will I know my position in the parade?
A: All parade applicants will receive confirmation of their spot via email approximately 1 week prior to the parade.

What Should I Bring?
A: Sun protection - hat, glasses, sunscreen, etc.  There is little to no shade at the staging area so please bring necessary items.  Cameras, cell phones to take pictures. 

Will water or food be provided?
A: These are not provided, please be sure to bring your own water or food.

Will there be restrooms at the staging area?
A: Yes.  Portable toilets will be located in the St. Ann's Parking area.

What time do I need to arrive? 
A: Arrival time depends on the location in the parade.  
Line Up Sections: A-F to arrive between 9:00 - 9:15 AM,
Line Up Sections: G - M to arrive between 9:30 - 9:45 AM.

 

What time does the parade start?
A: Official start time is 11 AM.  The parade usually runs about 2 - 2.5 hours total.

I'm meeting my group - where can I park?
A: Please note: There is NO Parking at the staging area for vehicles that are NOT participating in the parade. Streets will be closed for staging West of 7th St. South.

Parking Garage:  
1. 8th St S and 6th Ave S. 
2. 8th St S and 4th Ave S 
3. If you choose to park on the street, please make sure it is a valid space.  

Will there be someone directing traffic or an info booth?
A: Parade Marshals will be on-site helping to direct traffic.  We have an information booth that is available to walking traffic at the staging area.

How can I find my group and where it is located?
A: Please note the official name of the group or the lineup Letter and Number.  The Parade Marshals will be able to direct you to the correct location using this information.

After the parade - Parade-goers can leave via these outlets:
Exit Strategy:
1) Head South to Broad Ave. S or 13th Avenue South.
2) Take a right on Broad Ave. S or 13th Avenue South.
3) Follow to Gulf Shore Blvd. Take Right onto Gulf Shore Blvd.
4) Follow Gulf Shore Blvd to Central Avenue.
5) Take Right onto Central Avenue.
6) Follow Central Ave to Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41)

What if I have other questions?
A: Message us directly using the Chat feature on this site.