2010 Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

by Parade Guy on November 1, 2010

The 28th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade was held this year and it drew over 60,000 participants, based on the length of time it took for get everyone on the route.  There were several lessons to be learned that came out of this year’s event, mostly around pre-planning and open communications. One of the biggest [...]

2010 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

by Parade Guy on June 18, 2010

This year, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade was another rousing success.  Over six hundred units entered the parade including antique vehicles, muscle cars, musical and dancing groups, families, and a wide assortment of interesting people.  The interesting people included a new management team that had been formerly associated with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  I got [...]

2010 NYC Dance Parade

May 20, 2010

Hi everyone! This year’s Dance Parade was another rousing success in every aspect.  One of my favorite things about the parade this year was bringing of volunteers from other parades in New York to help behind the scenes.  We had cross over volunteers from the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and the Coney Island Mermaid Parade [...]

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2010 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 18, 2010

Hi everyone. I was lucky enough to be asked back to help make the 249th Annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  It was another beautiful day for a Parade, as they all are in my book.  This year’s parade was bigger than last year, leading up to a crescendo of parades, the 250th [...]

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Not everyone loves a Parade!

February 23, 2010

In New York City, the NYPD issues new rules today that take effect April 1st.  At a high level, all existing parades must shorten their length by 25% and limit their run time to five hours.  The length component affects every parade.  For the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the start point will be forced to move [...]

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This is embarassing

February 7, 2010

Hi there! If you look at the History of the Parade Guy, which is me, you will see that I have been involved in the Naperville Last Fling Labor day Parade for a number of years.  For the last four or five years, I have been a member of the Naperville JayCees EDOC Bucket Shakers.  [...]

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2010 Tournament of Roses Parade

January 1, 2010

Parade Time One of the benefits of hanging No Parking Signs is knowing exactly where they weren’t.  I was able to hide my 2009 Pontiac Solstice only a block from the Tournament headquarters.  I had a great parking spot!  Last year, I parked in some lot that needed a shuttle ride to and from the [...]

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2010 Tournament of Roses Pre-Parade

December 31, 2009

My Pre-Parade Activities. Here is what I was allowed to do. I arrived on Christmas day, mostly because as a MOT, I really had no idea when Christmas was.  I remembered that last year, it was on the 24th.  I thought it was always on the 24th.  Apparently, I am an idiot.  So I showed [...]

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2010 Tournament of Roses Parade Prelude

December 30, 2009

Hi there! It was a very busy week with two parades completed and an award winning float being built.  First, just a quick post about the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade. It is an amazing event from every possible perspective.  There is the long one hundred and twenty-two year history.  There is the very strong [...]

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2010 La Canada Float Building

December 30, 2009

Hi There! This is the second year that I have volunteered with the Community of La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association.  http://www.lcftra.org/home.php It is an amazing organization is so many ways.  From the top down, they are very volunteer oriented.  Last year when I showed up, they were jokingly leery of the Parade Guy, [...]

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