Groups with Vehicles
Instructions for Parade Participants arriving by bus or with vehicles in the parade.
In order to facilitate parade formation and ease congestion in the Borough of Jim Thorpe before the parade, we will be using 2 sites for registration on the day of the parade.
No vehicles will be allowed to travel up Broadway in Jim Thorpe after 12:00 noon
For all vehicles participating in the parade and all marchers arriving by bus, Parade registration will take place between 10:30 AM and 12:00 noon at the Mauch Chunk Lake, “Boat Launch A” parking lot.
The route to this registration site will be marked with signs. Under no circumstances are vehicles participating in the parade or buses transporting marchers to travel to downtown Jim Thorpe- go directly to Lake.
Please designate one person to register your group to ease congestion at the table. We urge you to arrive and register as early as possible. Restroom facilities will be available at the Lake.
Participants arriving by bus may then quickly disembark. The buses will proceed down Broadway to reserved parking near the train station. This will allow easy bus access at the end point of the parade.
If you have additional participants arriving by car:
The Carbon County Parking Lot behind the Train Station is available for visitors the day of the parade and participants arriving by car. Although the County Lot has a large capacity, we anticipate the lot will fill to capacity and urge participants to arrive as early as possible. Historically the county lot has reached capacity by approximately 11:15 A.M.
Additional Spectator Parking
The Parade Committee has secured additional parking venues to help ease downtown congestion. All Parking Areas: Shuttle service will run every half hour from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM Jim Thorpe High School: Shuttle buses will transport spectators from the H.S. to downtown Jim Thorpe. Shuttle service after the parade will be available to the H.S. parking area until 5:00 PM.
The parade formation will take place at the west end of West Broadway in Jim Thorpe. The parade will start at 1:00 PM, march down West Broadway and Broadway and end at the Carbon County Parking Lot (located behind the Train Station). This will bring the parade straight through the Downtown Historic District. Approximate distance is 1 to 1 1/2 miles of down hill marching.
Special notes: It is not appropriate in a parade honoring Saint Patrick for any participating group to drink or carry alcoholic beverages in the line of march. We also ask vehicle operators to refrain from blowing horns or sirens in the parade. For the safety of children please do not throw candy or souvenirs from vehicles.
Parade is Rain or Shine!
The Reviewing Stand will be at The Inn at Jim Thorpe. We encourage bands and organizations to perform briefly for the Parade Dignitaries -- please respect the groups behind you. If you have music to be played over the public address system at the reviewing stand, please make arrangements with Parade Chairman Hugh Dugan (570-325-3359) A.S.A.P.
We ask all organizations to acknowledge the Dignitaries on the Reviewing Stand.
Thank you for participating in our parade honoring Saint Patrick!
Mauch Chunk Lake