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I don't know about you but I am so excited for fall here, especially in North Adams!

The theme this year will be "Holidays On Parade"!

This year, the fall annual parade celebrates a fun theme honoring all your favorite holidays. We here at WUPE love to be a part of this event!

The theme this year means honoring every holiday, from Valentine’s Day, New Year’s, National Ice Cream Day, Halloween, and everything in between! Interpret this theme however you like in your float, costume, and more! Just of all the great holidays, you can choose from!

Everyone in the community is invited to participate. This event loved by so many will take place on the first Sunday of October.

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There will be some changes to the parade route this year.

This year’s parade route is 1.2 miles and mostly flat, making the parade more walkable for all ages and abilities. The shorter parade route is also less of a time commitment for participants.

The intersection of State Street and Old State Street.

Everyone in the parade will get in line at Curran Highway between DiSanti Field (north point) to United Cerebral Palsy (south point); roughly 400 Curran Highway to 535 Curran Highway

The ending point will be the Intersection of Ashland Street and Washington Ave, the same as last year.

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Because the new starting location and staging area are different, traffic is able to detour Old State Street to access parts of Curran Highway. The road will be fully shut down along the parade route starting at 12:30 pm.

Here are a few things you need to know if you want to be a part of the parade this year.

Anyone can enter a float in the parade. Enter as a group, organization, club, sports team, school, church, bank, business, or even as a group of friends or neighbors. Get your family together and make a special event of it.

The City of North Adams says:

Parade floats are easy to do! Here’s some information on ways to create a float of any size:

Anything that can be driven or pulled along the parade route can be made into a float. Examples include flatbeds of any size, bikes, golf carts, trackers, horses, pickup truck beds, etc.
Decorations for the float can be almost anything. Consider balloons, tissue paper, steamers, fringe, flags, bunting, decorating fabric, pennant banners, garlands, lights, painted cardboard, house, and yard décor, and items from nature – and don’t forget your float riders and costumed walkers.
You can make a float for as little as a few hundred dollars or less. Consider getting a group together to share the cost and collection of supplies.
Get a sponsor to finance your float.
Ready to organize and create your parade float? Get started by filling out this simple form. There’s no jurying.

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