"Niska-Day 32 Celebrates Vegas Style"
May 18, 2013
A major highlight of our annual Niska-Day celebration is our parade that begins at 10am. Through marching bands, drum units, various other marching units, vehicles and many creative floats, this parade continues to carry with it both the marks of distinction and quality.
We hope you will join us as we celebrate our annual Niska-Day celebration and ask that you submit the attached form no later than April 4th. For questions or more information contact Maria Freund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.
The Niska-Day Parade has become one of the most respected parades in the Capital District. On behalf of the entire Niskayuna Community, we welcome your participation.
PARADE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I get from Craig to the parade without having to take my car?
YES! You may park your car in one of the following locations:
Shuttle busses will be available starting at 8:00am to take parade participants and spectators from Criag to the Niskayuna High School. For parade participants, there will be another shuttle bus to take you from Niskayuna High School to St. Kateri Tekakwitha (formerly St. Helen's). Look for Niskayuna School busses.
How will I get back from the parade?
Shuttle busses will continue to run from Niskayuna High School back to Craig until 1pm.
Where do we assemble?
All parade traffic should enter
UNITS TRANSPORTED BY PRIVATE VEHICLES: These units should car pool to minimize the number of vehicles using limited parking places. All private vehicles transporting unit personnel should proceed to the Niskayuna High School parking lot. Personnel from these vehicles should take the available shuttle buses from the Niskayuna High School parking lot to Parade Headquarters. Participants using these shuttle buses should arrive at the
UNITS TRANSPORTED BY BUS: These units should transport their personnel directly to Parade Headquarters at Union Street and Cornelius Avenue for drop-off. Empty buses should then proceed to the Niskayuna High School parking lot.
FLOATS: All floats are to arrive at the St. Kateri's Parking Lot (via Union Street), no later than 8:45am. Upon arrival, each float is to check in with a representative of the Parade Committee (identifiable by their parade button) at the parking lot area. Any float not in place by 8:45am will not be eligible for judging in the float competition. Winners will be announced prior to the parade. Posters will be presented to the winning floats and we ask that you display them on both sides of the float for the parade. All floats must be ready to move at the direction of the Float Chairperson. Any float not prepared to move will fall in at the end of the parade. If you have a group walking with your float, please note that they will line up at a different area. You will all come together at the intersection of St. Kateri’s parking lot as you proceed down Union Street . (This is done for safety reasons.)
VEHICLES: All vehicles participating in the parade are to arrive at St. Kateri’s Church parking lot (via Union Street) at 9am. Upon arrival, personnel from each vehicle should check in with a member of the Parade Committee.
At what time will we assemble?
The parade will begin assembly at 8:45am at the parade assembly areas. Divisions will form as follows:
One - Cornelius Avenue
Two - Gurenson Lane Onto Nicholas St.
Three - Shirl Lane Onto Nicholas Street
Four - Ray Street
BANDS AND MARCHING UNITS: These units will be in place in their assigned division by 9:15am. Upon arrival at the assembly area, each unit is required to have a representative report to the appropriate Division Head. Once your unit has arrived at the assigned location, it is to remain there. Division Heads will report their division’s readiness at 9:45am to the Parade Coordinators. The parade will begin at 10am promptly - RAIN OR SHINE! It is important that all bands, marching units, schools, etc. have a banner identifying their group. This makes the parade more enjoyable for those watching the parade.
Are the floats judged?
Floats are judged in the following categories:
General Excellence: 1st and 2nd Place
General Excellence (Commercial): 1st Place
Theme: 1st and 2nd Place
Most Artistic: 1st and 2nd Place
Is there is anything else we should know?
DISABLED FLOATS OR VEHICLES: Any float or vehicle which is unable to move under its own power will immediately be moved out of the way so that those following can proceed.
RESTROOMS: Restroom facilities will be available for parade participants at St. Kateri School and the American Legion.