Thursday, June 30, 2022

4th of July Parade Information

Hello Scouts!

Pack 722 is again walking in the 4th of July parade after a long hiatus due to COVID-19. If you haven't been in the parade before, it is amazingly fun. Being in a parade is a requirement for some scout ranks and will count as a July activity toward your Summer Pack award. 

Dress Code:
Class A uniforms. Generally, it is hot so dress for the weather.

What to bring:
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Maybe a snack
  • Wear your scout hat if you have one
  • Good walking shoes
  • You should plan to come around 3:00 to catch the shuttle to the top of the lake. Sometimes these can take a little while to show up. Alternatively, you can walk up North Ave.You may want to come earlier to make sure you can park at MG Fitness or the Galvin.
  • Line up for the parade is at 4:00 pm and the parade starts at 5:00 pm.
How do I get there?:

If you are being dropped off at the staging area by car or arriving by bus: Use 607 North Avenue Wakefield, MA 01880 for GPS directions. As you approach the staging area you will see signs and receive instructions for drop-off at the Lakeside Office Park. Please turn down Willard Rd., take the 3rd left in the lot, and head towards the tent. 
  • We have to be in the staging area at Lakeside by 4:00pm for line up as the streets along the parade route and I-95/128 exit 39 will be blocked off starting at 4:00pm. We are usually in the area behind the building that Glamatics is in. 
  • Groups arriving in multiple vehicles are asked to meet at Wakefield Memorial High School at 60 Farm St. to consolidate cars before heading to the main parking lots at the end of the route at the Galvin Middle School or MG Fitness. I've found a space at MG fitness in the past or dropped people off at the Lakeside Office Park then drove back toward downtown and parked.
  • You will receive instructions on where to park as you approach the Galvin, 525 Main St Wakefield, MA 01880. 
  • Parking locations will be determined by the End of Route volunteers and you may be directed to park at the school or gym. Two shuttle busses will depart from the front doors of the school and gym making loops between the end and beginning of the parade starting at 12:30pm and the last shuttle will leave for the staging area at 3:45pm. 
  • If you plan to use the shuttle, please arrive early and meet the bus at the front of the school or the gym.]
  • Please carpool as much as possible to reduce the number of vehicles in the parking lots. Once spots are taken, we have limited parking options available.
  • Upon arrival at the staging area, a volunteer will assist you in finding your designated location. We are no longer shuttling people to their staging location in golf carts. You are expected to walk to your designated location. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • All vehicles not participating in the parade are limited to 30 minutes in the staging area for drop-off. After 30 minutes they will be sent towards the Galvin Middle School/MG Fitness parking areas to wait for their group. You will be trapped until after the parade if you do not leave before the roads close.
  • If you are taking the shuttle from the end to the staging area, please arrive in the middle school or gym parking area BEFORE 3:30pm in order to be in the staging area for 4:00pm. 
  • The last shuttles will leave the parking areas at 3:45pm. 
  • Once the roads start to close it will be very difficult to get to the staging area or the end of route parking area. 
  • Bathroom facilities will be available in the staging and parking areas 
  • ]No alcohol is to be consumed in the staging area or during the parade. 

Parade Information:
  • The parade is 1.9 miles long and ends at the Galvin Middle School. 
  • The parade is held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, you will be contacted.
  • It will take approximately 1 hour once you have begun walking in the parade, to finish
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