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Participant Agreement

The TOPS Rochester (NY) St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is pleased that you are joining us for this year’s parade. This is a community-wide event that brings thousands of people to Downtown Rochester annually. For the safety and consideration of all residential and business properties, parade-goers and other participants, please read, understand and comply with the following:

Our Mission

The Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a "Moving Show" dedicated to the celebration of St. Patrick, and his life of service to others. Entrants are encouraged to display the shamrock, to remind viewers of how St. Patrick used it to explain the mystery of the Trinity; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Parade entries shall be fun, entertaining,family oriented and crowd pleasing. The parade takes place on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, or on St. Patrick's Day when it falls on a Saturday.

Formation

Line-up begins at approx 11:30 am on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Parade begins promptly at 12:30 pm. Please do not trespass on residential property during the parade formation process. Respect your neighbors. If you damage any property, your group will be held responsible for costs incurred as a result.

Parade Route

The Parade officially begins at East Avenue and Alexander Street, then starts down East Avenue to Main Street, turning left onto Main Street, proceeding west down Main Street, past the reviewing stand located just west of the Rochester Riverside Hotel, turning left onto Plymouth Avenue, and continuing on until dispersing in an orderly manner at the direction of the Parade Marshals and the Rochester Police Department. Parade Marshals will be available the day of the Parade to assist you.

Placement

Units will receive an instruction sheet with their line-up packet for official formation details. Be sure to have a copy of the instruction sheet with you on parade day. Please keep your group in your assigned location. To avoid confusion, tell all of your group participants what your division and line-up street is and where the parade begins. Any unit arriving late will be placed at the end of the parade. We will also post the line-up information on our new website: www.rochesterparade.com. IMPORTANT - Any parade entry (that includes a vehicle) is limited to ONLY ONE VEHICLE. With the new route and staging  area changes, there are space concerns. ANY ADDITIONAL VEHICLES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGING AREA AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE PARADE - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Dignity

This is a family event and we expect that dignity will be preserved by the enforcement of all rules and regulations as outlined herein, and officials will be strict in their interpretation thereof. No Vulgar, Non-family-friendly Signage, Clothing, Music, etc will be allowed. No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances will be allowed on or near any vehicle or to be used by any parade participant. Violation of this rule will automatically result in the removal of your unit from the parade and possible banning from future events.

Safety Agreement

Throwing or selling of candy, beads, or any items from vehicles, floats, marchers, or participants along the parade route is prohibited. This creates a dangerous situation for youngsters running into the road and the potential for serious injury. Your participation in next year’s parade may be denied if your group is identified as having ignored this request.

 

Any unit in whole or part not conforming to these rules and guidelines, using offensive language or inappropriate behavior up to and including negativity on
social medial will be dealt with immediately. Penalties for non-compliance may include immediate removal from the parade, disqualification of judging and or barred participation in future parades. All units to qualify for judging must partake in their entirety of the documented parade route.



Awards

 The awards given out at the TOPS Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade are:  

TOPS Friendly Markets Best in Show

The Robert Nolan Community Service Award (Best Government or Public Service)

The Robert P. Kelly Irish Spirit Award (Best Pipe Band)

The Thomas Fitzpatrick Spirit Award (Floats)

Dance School

Fire Department

Bands

Best Commercial Unit

Best Non-Commercial Unit

         Floats are judged on the following categories:

Presentation of the parade theme

Appearance

Crowd engagement/ attention

Creativity/ Originality

Presentation / Performance

  Each of these is graded on a scale of 0 to 10. Then they are accumulated for a total score. 

Participant Entry Form

The 2018 TOPS Rochester (NY) St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on the “Big Day”, March 17, 2018. This year’s Parade Theme will focus on the origin and "Spirit of St. Patrick". Each Division will be led by a banner acknowledging how St. Patrick served others, brought hope to the oppressed and challenged the powerful.

We are looking forward to building on the community interest shown last year when an estimated 60,000 plus attended this annual family event. Our website continues to be improved with many new and historical features. Parade participants will be listed on the website throughout 2018.

The TOPS Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a "moving show" dedicated to the celebration of St. Patrick, and his life of service to others. Entrants are encouraged to display the shamrock, to remind viewers of how St. Patrick used it to explain the mystery of the Trinity; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Parade entries shall be fun, entertaining, family oriented and crowd pleasing. The parade takes place on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, or on St. Patrick's Day when it falls on a Saturday.

We hope your organization or unit will join us. Your presentation enriches the parade and your contribution helps make this publicly funded event possible.

IMPORTANT - Any parade entry (that includes a vehicle) is limited to ONLY ONE VEHICLE. With the new route and staging  area changes, there are space concerns. ANY ADDITIONAL VEHICLES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGING AREA AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE PARADE - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Participation Fees: Business Rate - $75.00   Non-Profits - $40.00

Entering your name and date below signifies that you have read and agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations stated above.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE MARCH 7, 2018.










Maximum length is 35 feet.



What competitions or special designations has your organization been awarded?

Additional comments on your entry that could be used at the judges stand or in the media:

STEP 1:

The first step in submitting your Parade entry form application is to print this completed form. This will be important if you will be mailing in your form along with your entry fee. The resulting print DOES NOT complete the entry process, you must also complete Step 2.

After printing your entry form proceed to Step 2.

STEP 2:

Click the "Submit" button below to proceed to the next page and select your method of payment. If electronically filed, AN EMAIL VERIFYING YOUR ENTRY WILL BE SENT TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS YOU PROVIDED - PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FILTER!

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Contact Us

NOTE NEW MAILING ADDRESS

TOPS Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
6558 4th Section Rd.
Box 199
Brockport, NY 14420-2472

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