November 3rd, 2018 at 10:00 am, Downtown Colorado Springs


Instructions for Participants

Parade Participants,

Please ensure your vehicle and/or flatbed are safe and that you have the required insurance for transporting individuals.

It is a parade insurance violation to throw or distribute anything while progressing down the parade route. Doing so encourages children watching the parade to come onto the parade route and risk injury.  This is also part of our city parade agreement.

Parade line up information and map will be posted by October 21. The Parade is lined up to be as fair as possible to all participants.  If you were in the first half of the Parade last year (entry # 6 – 49), you're likely in the second half of the Parade this year (# 50 – 100).  Entries 1 – 5 are the same every year.  Your marching position is in no way a reflection on the importance we place on your organization! We intentionally keep some special entries until last! It is extremely important we end the Parade on a strong, up-beat note.

Please follow the instructions below to accommodate a smooth flow of parade units in and out of the staging area. We are at capacity for this year’s Parade so we will need your full cooperation to insure an orderly, well-paced parade.  There can be no parking in the Recovery area at any time.  Only vehicles transporting bands, marching units and horse vans can park in the recovery area.

The staging area will open at 7:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. and have your entry ready to go at 9:30 a.m. at which time we will start pre-positioning entries for a prompt 10 a.m. start.  Adjust your arrival time if you feel your unit will need more time.

Make sure everyone in your group knows the correct time and place for staging, and leaves plenty of time for parking.  Free parking is available in all city operated garages from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm.  In the past we have been “written up” by the city’s Special Events Team because participants did not know where they were supposed to be. 

One person in your group must be designated as the leader. Your group must be prepared to follow the instructions of the Parade Marshals. The Parade Marshals will be wearing orange reflective vests. If your group includes children, be sure they understand the need to listen when they hear the whistle.

You may not park in the staging area unless your vehicle is to be driven in the Parade. When you leave the staging area, you must not leave anything behind in the street. The streets will be reopened to traffic once you leave.

Access to the staging area is from Cascade or Nevada whichever is closest to your staging location.  If dropping your participants off, please do not block traffic.

If your entry includes vehicles or motorcycles, do not bring more vehicles or motorcycles than   have been requested by the Parade Directors. They will not be permitted in the Parade; we just don't have the space and have to limit the number of these vehicles to 10.

Your entry must stay 25-30 feet (2 car lengths) behind the entry in front of you. Please do NOT bunch up or allow a large gap to form in front of you. You may not stop to perform.

Remember, the bands are competing for prizes.  Please reduce the noise of your entries as you approach the viewing stand area so the judges can evaluate their music and marching formation.

When you reach the Recovery Area you must exit the area.  There is no parking allowed in the Recovery Area as this causes congestion for other parade units trying to exit the area.  Free parking is available in the city owned garages from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm.

If you need to withdraw from the parade for any reasons, please notify the Parade Office (719-282-3862) immediately. The parade is usually over capacity so extra space will allow for a better flow in the staging area. On parade day call cell phone (719-660-2966) Roger Ehrke, if you will not be participating in the parade. Roger works in the staging area. 

If you have questions regarding parade day, call Courtney Wall at the Parade Office – 719-282-3862 or Roger Ehrke at 719-597-0103.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Board of Directors

Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade