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Easter Parade

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2024

Start Time: 10:00 am

Theme: Flowers Galore

Join the City of Pickering and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 606 on Saturday, March 30 to celebrate the annual Easter Parade in Bay Ridges. Bring your Easter baskets and bonnets down to the *NEW* parade route and partake in a spectacular welcome to Spring.

Easter Parade Route Map

 

Apply to Participate in the Parade

Applications to participate in the Easter Parade are open until February 29, 2024, or until spots fill. Please review the rules and regulations carefully before applying. There is no fee to participate in 2024. 

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Rules & Regulations

The City of Pickering in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 606 would like to thank you for your interest in participating in the Easter Parade.  

The Easter Parade seeks to provide an annual celebration to welcome the Spring Season that is both entertaining and safe for all participants and spectators. Community groups, schools, sports groups, businesses, and volunteer organizations are invited to submit applications to enter floats or performance groups to participate in the Easter Parade. All parade participants must sign this Application Agreement. 

Outlined below are the regulations pertaining to the Easter Parade. Please read carefully, as the rules have changed with the City becoming involved in a much larger capacity, to ensure that you are able to abide by ALL regulations before you complete and return your application. 

Theme: All floats/vehicles MUST be decorated in accordance with the theme. Please note there is only ONE Easter Bunny, and he comes at the end of the Easter Parade and is provided by the City. At the discretion of the Parade Marshall, floats/vehicles that are not decorated appropriately may be removed from the parade. 

 

  1. Acceptance is not guaranteed for parade participation.

  2. The City has the right to establish the parade theme, determine the number of entries, select and reject participants at its sole discretion, and refuse entry on the day of the parade if the agreed upon design is not executed.

  3. Parade participants must:
    • Represent themselves with some form of signage (either carried at the head of the group or mounted on the front of the unit).
    • Conduct themselves in an orderly fashion – marchers, if any, are required to walk behind the head of the unit, not in front.
    • Execute the agreed upon parade design concept (float, costumes, etc.) to the best of their ability.

  4. Float/vehicle entries:
    • Cannot surpass the maximum of two (2) vehicles per entry. NOTE: a truck pulling a trailer constitutes ONE vehicle. Emergency vehicles ONLY are exempt. More than two vehicles require a second entry.
    • Must provide accurate measurements – no estimates. Length is to be calculated from the front bumper of the “pulling” vehicle to the rear bumper of your float. Your overall length measurement must include the vehicle pulling your float. If your entry is wider than a standard tractor trailer width, please indicate so on your application. If your entry is longer, wider or higher than the measurements you have supplied, you may not be permitted to enter the parade due to space restrictions and safety concerns.

  5. Accompanying vehicles (i.e. the truck to pull the trailer):
    • Must be at least 50% decorated in accordance with the theme or in seasonal fashion.
    • Cannot accompany marchers unless decorated and deemed an integral part of the Group’s parade design concept.

  6. Parade participants are prohibited from:
    • Selling or offering for sale any commodity, service, food, or drink on the day of the parade.
    • Distributing items without receiving the City’s prior approval.
    • Canvassing or asking for donations.

  7. For safety reasons:
    • Decorations or skirting should not interfere with the procession of floats/vehicles. Please secure all items carefully.
    • Parade participants cannot move between their float/vehicle to the ground or another float/vehicle during the parade.
    • Approved distribution items must be handed to spectators and cannot be thrown.
    • If a parade participant slows or impedes the progress of the procession, they may be directed to withdraw from the parade.

  8. Horse drawn vehicles are not permitted in the parade.

  9. The official parade Easter Bunny is the only Easter Bunny allowed in the parade. No entry may depict the Easter Bunny.

  10. Failure to abide by this agreement may result in the removal from the parade formation and/or not being accepted for participation in future parades. At its sole discretion, the City may remove any entry that does not abide by the rules set out in this agreement.

  11. Exhibitor property and vehicle Insurance and HST is the responsibility of the exhibitor. The exhibitor is also responsible for any loss due to collision, theft, damage, fire, or any other damage incurred to the exhibitor’s vehicle or property while participating in the Easter Parade. The City of Pickering will not be held liable.

  12. Upon acceptance to the Parade, proof of insurance will be required. This may include Commercial Liability, Commercial Auto Liability, and/or personal auto insurance for the driver. Some exemptions may apply.

 

Applications to participate in the 2024 Easter Parade must be received by February 29, 2024. Only entries to the “Bonnet Walk” will be accepted day-of at the registration table.

Collection of Information

For more information about this request, please contact Community Services at 905.420.4620. 

Personal information contained on this form is collected pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used for the purpose of selecting Easter Parade participants. Questions about this collection should be directed to the City Clerk, One The Esplanade, Pickering, ON L1V 6K7, T. 905.420.4611.

Alternate formats available upon request at 905.683.7575.

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Day of entries for the “Bonnet Walk” only will be accepted at the registration table, located at Copperworks (corner of Liverpool Road and Commerce Street). Easter bonnets, bikes, wagons, doll prams, etc. will be judged at the Legion’s BBQ following the Parade.

 


 

The Legion’s BBQ

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: 1555 Bayly Street, Pickering, ON

After the Easter Parade, be sure to visit the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 606 (Rear Parking Lot, 1555 Bayly Street, Pickering) for their BBQ.

Enjoy a complimentary burger or hot dog, games, live entertainment, and enter your bonnets, bikes, wagons, doll prams, etc. into the Legion’s “Bonnet Contest” for a chance to win some exciting prizes.