PARADE MARCHING RULES ALL GROUPS MUST BE INVITED BY A PARADE-DIVISION AND BE APPROVED BY THE PARADE COMMITTEE. COMPLETE/SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION (download here)
PRIOR TO PARADE DAY:
Each marching group:
must identify a:
pre-parade contact, and
parade day contact (aka “group adjutant”).
Be aware of the Sustaining Division that your group is marching with, and that DIvision's color. See "About Us"
Each group is encouraged to support their Sustaining Division (the group that has invited them to march with them) and the Parade by advertising in the annual Souvenir Journal (see www.albanystpatricksdayparade.com).
Complete the application (download pdf form) and return it to you sponsoring Sustaining Division BEFORE March 1!
Join the Parade Committee and the Sustaining Divisions for:
Mass at 9am at Blessed Sacrament Church (607 Central Ave)
Reception following Mass, Irish music, breads, coffee/tea, Blessed Sacrament School auditorium (immediately following Mass).
Only vehicles with parade permits are allowed past the parade barricades
All motorcycles and operators must be, and remain, 100% legal.
NO ALCOHOL permitted
No commercialism/advertising (any vehicles must have signage covered/removed) except by PRE-AUTHORIZED entities (Parade Sponsors).
You cannot hand out fliers or cards or candy. NOTHING can be distributed.
Allow for 2-3 car spaces between your group and the group in front of you (allows the viewers to see your banner, know that you are a separate group of marchers, etc.
Try to keep you group neat, use lines, etc.
Dogs/pets must be legal (registered, leashed).
Any/all performances must be movable - no stopping in place or holding up the pace of the Parade.
This is where the Grand Marshal and dignitaries will watch the parade
Will be located on State St, between Eagle St and Pearl St.
Each group, with prior approval, will be allowed no more than 30 seconds of stop time to perform for the Grand Stand viewers.
Buses will be at assigned locations along Broadway and base of State St. It is the marchers' responsibility to coordinate bus drop-off/pick-up with your Sustaining Division's Marshal or Adjutant.
Smile, have fun, enjoy the day. Remember that this is a celebration of St. Patrick, a Patron Saint of Ireland. We, as Irish-Americans or "Irish for the Day people", are obliged to act respectfully and share our motto of "Faith, Family, Heritage".