2012 Gemini Parade Logistics
GEMINI 2012 PARADE
Parade logistics for this year will basically be the same as they were last year. The only changes are the order of the floats in the staging area. We are NOT reversing our route as Centaur is doing this year.
We will not be parking at the Loyola sports complex again this year. At the end of the parade, the floats will be escorted back to the upper and lower lots of the Festival Plaza. Prior to the parade you may park in the parking lot between Riverview Hall and the railroad, on the Union Pacific lot across Lake Street from Sci-Port, any of the public spaces along Commerce, the garage across Milam from the Riverview Auditorium, the Regions parking garage, and any of the on street parking downtown. DO NOT PARK IN EITHER OF THE FESTIVAL PLAZA LOTS.
If you need to unload any items for your float, the closest points of access for vehicular traffic will be Milam at Clyde Fant and Lake at Clyde Fant.
Reserved parking for the Royalty will be available on the paved parking lot between the upper and lower Festival Plazas off of Crockett. Parking passes will be provided to the Royalty Chair for distribution.
Staging of the parade will be the same as past years. Floats will be staged along Clyde Fant and Crockett. Specialty groups will be staged in the Festival Plaza lots. Riverview Hall will be open for our use. Table and chairs will be available and restrooms will be open.
Float Lieutenants please make sure to top off your generators prior to the 4:30 pm parade time.
The parade route is the same as last year. We will proceed along Clyde Fant, Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy., East Kings Hwy and end at the “Parade End” sign just north of Preston. SPAR has sold spots in the “No Throw Zone” between the sign and Preston.
Parade rules are the same this year. The ramp from Clyde Fant to Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy is no longer a “No Throw Zone.” Everyone should have received a copy of the parade rules in an earlier email. A copy of the rules will be posted on each float.
Some of the “rules” are actually enforceable city ordinances, and some are krewe rules which could result in fine assessments. What is important is that EVERYONE observes the rules so that our presence to the public on the streets and the airwaves will be a positive one!
End of Parade:
Once your float has turned onto Preston and cleared the crowds, you will need to pick up your walkers. Please save a collection of throws for your walkers---they do this as volunteers and all of the money goes to their organization—not them.
The floats will be escorted back to Festival Plaza in waves. While you are waiting or are in route, please clean your float of any trash that could blow out. You may use the two dumpsters at the plaza for disposal of your trash.
Once back to the plaza, your float will either be parked in the upper or lower lot. Once your float is parked you may disembark, but NO CARS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE FESTIVAL PLAZA FOLLOWING THE PARADE. Any large items which need to be removed from your float may be obtained at the den after noon on Sunday and any day of the week following the parade.
Two SPD officers will be providing overnight security for the floats at the Festival Plaza.
This year there will again be an “After Party” in the Riverview Hall immediately following the parade. Details on the party have been published in earlier emails and announcements.
I greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation, support and patience as the committee works to pull together another great parade. And most importantly, do not forget---- HAVE A GREAT RIDE!
Last Updated (Monday, 13 February 2012 09:24)