ok, we are trying this again, i hope this works. here are the parade rules. please note, we are not considered vehicles.
Pittsburgh Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2016
Rules for Participants
1. The theme of the Pittsburgh St.Patrick's Day Parade is always a celebration of the region's Irish heritage honoring the holiday of Ireland's patron - Saint Patrick. This primary theme is provided to all participants as guidance on the Parade Committee's expectation that all of their activities and communications will respectfully support and not detract from this over-arching theme in the spirit as intended.All participant messaging and themes that
are tied to participation in this event must be subservient to the singular theme of celebrating the region's Irish
2. The purpose of the parade is to unite the community in a positiv fashion under its one theme,on the inclusive premise that everyone can be "Irish for a day."
3. Because the Pittsburgh Saint Patrick's Day Parade is a platform solely for the celebration of the region's Irish heritage,it is not a platform for participants to use for public protest,political speech,social commentary,labor management relations,government or legislative lobbying,special interest advocacy,or any issue or message theme unrelated to the region's celebration of its Irish heritage. In laymen's terms,in order to achieve a sense of common unity and fellowship,the parade maintains a "leave your issues at the curb" policy for all participants in the parade.
4. The Pittsburgh Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee operates as part of the Irish Society for Education and Charity, Inc.,a private,501( C ) 3 not-for-profit organization that accepts no public funding. All parade participants are considered to be invited guests of the Pittsburgh St.Patrick's Day Parade Committee. Any violation of Parade Rules as determined by the Parade Chairman and the Parade Committee may result in the suspension of invitations to participate in future parades.
a. The Pittsburgh Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee doe not discriminate based on race,gender, sexual orientation,age or disability,and does not deny entry bated on any of these criteria.
b. Preference is given to entries that have participated in th parade in the past,having demonstrated respect for all rules of conduct;Irish groups;individuals and orgahizations that exist to celebrate the region's Irish heritage;and selected individuals,groups and businesses from the community that demonstrate pride in the region's Irish heritage or provide certainentertainment value.
c. The Parade Committee reserves the right to deny participation to any individual or organization that does not meet its criteria for participation as set forth by these rules and includes meeting all requisite deadlines,and parade capacity limits.
5. Because the Parade does not accept public funding,participants,sponsors and donors should not provide payment from public funding sources.
6. To promote the safety of our participants and spectators,the throwing of any items by marchers or from any
vehicle in the parade route is strictly prohibited. This includes,but is not limited to,beads,candy and "silly string." Only curbside distribution is permitted.
7. Check-in time is as follows:
a. Vehicles 8:30 a.m.
b. Marchers 9 a.m.
8. The Parade willstart promptly at 10 a.m.
9. Parade entries should limit the number of vehicles in their groups to a maximum of two (2) per group,unless special permission is received from the Parade Committee.
10. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted among participants at any time,from the staging area,along the parade route,and/or in any vehicle or float. More specifically,the Parade Committee emphasizes that alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the staging area,on any person or in any participating vehicle during the Parade. This includes
marching,driving,as a passenger in a vehicle or entertaining. In all facets of the Parade alcoholis excluded. Parade Marshals have the authority to exclude/remove you or your organization from the parade without warning if they determine that you or your group violates these Rules of the Parade. This could also result in you or your organization/group being excluded from next year's Parade and future Parades.
11. All groups must march in an orderly and continuous manner.No group is permitted to stopthe parade to perform.
12. No parade entry is permitted to change the order in which it was assigned,or to have non-authorized marchers or groups that exceed approved numbers stated on the parade application.
13. ALL automobiles are to have two (2) marchers,one on each side,larger vehicles,including floats must have at least four (4) marchers.
14. All banners and signs must be consistent with the theme of the parade,and be in keeping withall parade rules and must meet with Parade Chief Marshal's approval on Parade Day.
15. Elected officials and politicalcandidates participating in the Parade are not permitted to carry signs,banners, clothing or other material which advertises or promotes their current campaign for office.No member of an entry shall display any type of sign promoting a political candidate running for public office. No candidate can be identified in sign,banner,badge or clothing as a candidate for office.
16. All participants in the Parade are not permitted to carry signs,banners,clothing or other material which serve as part of a public protest ,or promote political speech,social commentary,labor-management relations,government or legislative lobbying,special interest advocacy,or any issue or message theme unrelated to the region's celebration of its Irish heritage. All signs,banners,clothing and other materials for display by parade entries must meet the standards and expectations of the Parade Committee and its rules set forth.
17. For vehicles,large and small,inthe parade,excessive use of air horns and sirens is discouraged out of interest for the welfare of spectators,parade participants and many canine and other animals with sensitive hearing.
18. The Pittsburgh Saint Patrick's Day Parade is a family event,intended to appeal to the entire community,from young children to the region's senior citizens and everyone in between. With this in mind,the Parade Committee does not permit:
a. Adult themes,displays and/or behaviors by parade participants.
b. Violence or disrespect to fellow participants and spectators.
c. Obscene language,gestures,behaviors,signs,banners or apparel.
d. Acts of civil disobedience and/or vandalism.
e. Possession of any type of weapon (with the exceptions of law enforcement,first responders and military/ historic re-enactor participants).
f. Possession of any type of illegal drug or substance.
The Rules of the Parade Committee are meant to ensure a safe,happy,orderly and family-friendly parade. We must have everyone's cooperation.Parade Marshals and officers from the City of Pittsburgh Police Department will be on hand to enforce all Parade Rules and city laws.WE MUST EMPHASIZE, alcoholis not permitted in the staging area.onany person orinany participating vehicle.along the parade route. Violation of these rules could result inyour group being asked to leave the parade and/or exclusion from next year's parade.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
1. The Parade Committee is not responsible for negligence or damage caused by you/your organization.
2. Please remember,do not block exits or entrances for parking lots or buildings.Do not block fire hydrants or handicapped
accessible parking spots.
3. City of Pittsburgh Police officers and Parade Marshals will be available to assist you.
• Reminder regarding Parade Rules
The Parade Committeeworks very hard each year to try to curb inappropriate behavior by parade spectators. We do this for the good of the future of our great parade, and for you, our parade participants, and the families and friends that join us as spectators.
It is in this spirit that we remind you that you MUST follow our parade rules.All parade rules are listed on a following page, but we are particularly concerned about these:
1. Alcoholic beverages are not per1nitted to be consumed at any time throughout the staging area, along the parade route, or in any vehicle or float. •
2. Throwing of any items by any parade participant is strictly prohibited. Only curbside distribution will be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to candy and beads. The use of silly strin& is strictly prohibited.
3. All groups must march in an orderly and continuous manner. No group is permitted to stop the parade to perform.
All parade entries march as guests of the Parade Committee. If any parade entry is reported to the Parade Chaitman asexhibiting negative behavior or violating theparade rules, it could result in a written reprimand and possible suspension from participation in future parades.
We need YOUR help and cooperation to set a good example as we work with city law enforcement to reduce negative behavior amongst our spectators. If you witness or are subjected to unruly behavior along the parade route, please report it to the nearest police officer.
Together, our entire parade will continue to be the family oriented celebration of St. Patrick and the Irish-American Community it is intended to be. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Chairman
General questions and answers for the Parade Staeinz Area
Q.What time should we be at the staging area?
A. We recommend that you arrive at Staging Area as early as possible (8:30 a.m. is suggested) because of our Staging Area arrangements on Liberty Avenue.
Q.How should we arrange drop off/pick up of marchers?
A.If dropping off parade participants by bus, you should enter the Staging Area at 26th & Liberty Ave going towards downtown. After dropping off your passengers in the area of your assigned Parade Division, buses will continue down Liberty to 11th and drive along the parade route to the bus parking area in Gateway Center.We recommend that parade participants needing personal vehicle parking utilize the parking lots in the Strip District along Smallman Street, and walk the few blocks to the Staging Area on Liberty Avenue.
Q. How do the vehicles that will be with our group get into the Staging Area?
A. With this information booklet, you will find two (2) access passes for each of your vehiclesthat you mayneed in the parade.You MUST display the pass on your vehicle's dashboard(s) to gain access to the Staging Area. See the following page for instructions on where to bring your vehicle for entrance to the Staging Area.
Q. What is the actual distance of the walk?
A. We estimate the distance from the beginning of the parade to the end to be approximately 2 miles. The Staging Area is approximately 1 mile in length -so your total distance will depend on your placement in the Parade Staging Area.
Q.What isthe average length of time of the parade from the Staging Area to the finish?
A. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and the final entry will pass the Reviewing Stand at approximately 1:30 pm... actual travel time in the parade, from the Greyhound Bus Station to the Reviewing Stand is approximately 40 minutes.
Q.Isthere any seating in the Staging Area? There is NO seating provided in the Staging Area, although we do provide Port-A-Johns at various points in the Staging Area for the comfort of our participants. We recommend bringing folding seats, or something similar, for waiting in the Staging Area but you must be responsible for securing the seats once the parade begins.
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