those on WEST Lewis or WEST Jay Streets enter from Auburn Street. Parade staff at eachentrance will assist you.
At DeWitt Park all vehicles must turn LEFT onto Buffalo Street. Be especially careful atthis turn
it usually is dense with onlookers. Please stay in formation until you pass theboundary of DeWitt Park. Do not stop your vehicles on Buffalo St, as this arrests progressfor the Parade groups behind you. If you need to unload passengers, either pull briefly tothe side of Buffalo St. or proceed east and turn left onto Tioga Street. If you have specialneeds persons who need to be escorted, you can discharge them in the large parking lotbehind the Courthouse.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL PARADE PARTICIPANTS
KEEP YOUR GROUP MOVING FORWARD and stay as close as safely possible to thegroup ahead of you. If gaps open in front of you, speed up and close them. Remember, wehave 2100 participants in the Parade this year, and it is a school night for many participantsand onlookers. We need to keep moving!DO NOT THROW ANYTHING from trucks, autos, or floats, or from the middle of thestreet. Ithaca Police will issue tickets to your driver and you will be excluded from futureParades. If you want to distribute anything to the audience you must have walkers close tothe sidewalks.
FOOD AND FACILITIES
The kind congregation of the Tabernacle Baptist Church, at the corner of Cayuga andLincoln Streets, will again be serving cold drinks and light refreshments. Also, they haveoffered access to their restroom facilities. There will be concession stands selling hot foodand also a full line of great Ithaca Festival t-shirts.
The Ithaca Police monitor weather channels and make the determination of when conditionsare unsafe. High winds or lightning are hazardous; rain alone is not. Each group must havea simple evacuation plan in the event the Parade is cancelled during staging ormarching. This means that each adult is responsible for monitoring the children in theirgroup and having a designated place to meet the parents/guardians. IPD and Parade Staff will assist as needed.
SUPPORT THE PARADE
Each of you and your performers will have an opportunity to present your music, show yourbanners, and boost your interests to 6-7,000 onlookers. Except for corporate sponsors, it isfree. But the Parade and Festival are not without costs. Our primary source of revenue is