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The Annual Fall Foliage Parade Returns!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Each year, 1Berkshire collaborates with the city of North Adams to host a festive, inclusive, and vibrant downtown parade celebrating all things autumnal in the Berkshires. The entire community is invited to participate in this beloved event, which takes place on the first Sunday of October.

2021 Theme: Games, Movies & Takeout

This fall, the annual parade celebrates a fun theme honoring all the creative ways that we maintained a sense of normalcy during the pandemic. We’re honoring the the games we played, the movies we watched, and the takeout we dined on. Interpret this theme however you like in your float, costume, and more!

Get Involved

Want to be in the Parade? We’re looking for individuals, organizations, and groups to participate in this city-loved event. Build a float. Become a sponsor. March for a cause. We also need volunteers to help direct floats, carry banners, become sponsors, and more. There are many ways to take part in this special day. Click the buttons below for more information or to register.

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Meet Our Grand Marshals

This year, the parade committee is pleased to be able to honor the Regional Emergency Planning Committee Northern Berkshire COVID Operations Center by naming them as the Fall Foliage Parade Grand Marshal. The REPC Operations Center’s hardworking team came together immediately in March of 2020 to work on public service announcements, policies, recommendations, and state and federal communications. Along with this, they served as an important centralized PPE depot and they became the one spot for eight Northern Berkshire communities and two colleges to turn to throughout the pandemic.

Due to the planning and work the group did in 2020, including writing their own plan for a vaccine clinic, the Northern Berkshire vaccination clinic was established at St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary in North Adams; where the first Covid-vaccinations were then delivered in Berkshire County. As the parade committee was looking to highlight and celebrate the things that provided some normalcy during the pandemic (Games, Movies & Take-out), we couldn’t forget the people who were working to keep us safe.

New Route for This Year’s Parade

This year’s parade route is 1.2 miles and mostly flat, making the parade more walkable for all ages and abilities. The shorter parade route is also less of a time commitment for participants.

NEW Starting Point: Intersection of State Street and Old State Street
Lineup: Curran Highway between DiSanti Field (north point) to United Cerebral Palsy (south point); roughly 400 Curran Highway to 535 Curran Highway
Ending Point: Intersection of Ashland Street and Washington Ave, same as last year.

2021 Parade Map

Become a Parade Sponsor

Give back to our community by supporting this long-loved tradition. This event offers a range of opportunities for sponsorship. Click on the options below to sponsor.

$5,000 PLATINUM LEAF

Full-page, 4-color AD in the official parade program, a parade banner, logo/link on 1Bershire.com

$2,500 GOLD LEAF

Half-page, 4-color AD in the official parade program, a parade banner, listing on 1Berkshire.com

$1,000 SILVER LEAF

Half-page, black & white AD in the official parade program, a parade banner, listing on 1Berkshire.com

$500 BRONZE LEAF

Quarter-page, black & white AD in the official parade program, parade banner, listing on 1Berkshire.com

$250 Autumn Leaf

Eighth-page AD in the official parade program, parade banner (for previous parade sponsors), listing on 1Berkshire.com

$100 #NAMAzing SUPPORTER

Listing in the official parade program and on 1Berkshire.com

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Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors

Platinum Leaf

Gold Leaf

Silver Leaf

Berkshire Community College
iBerkshires.com
General Dynamics
Moresi & Associates

Autumn Leaf

Specialty Minerals
Chasing Dreams Dance Center
AYJ Fund
North Adams Lodge of Elks 487

Bronze Leaf

Berkshire Bank
MCLA

#NAMAzing Supporters

Community Supporters

Shirley Lescarbeau
Stephen Green

Franklin Risatti
Red & Matt Alcombright

John & Beverly Canale
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bona
Rita Gardner
Robert & Janice Moresi
Barbara Lewis
George & Debbie Forgea
Paul Corriveau
Julia Wolfrum

Susan Spooner
Theresa Wood
Mr & Mrs Joseph S Domenichini
Jean Veazie
Mary LeBeau in Memory of Arabia & LeBeau Families
Al & Lorraine Mancuso
Diane & Michael Pytko

Previous Parade Memories

Photo Credit: Gillian Jones and The Berkshire Eagle

2019

Theme: There’s No Place Like Home in the Berkshires (a nod to the Wizard of Oz)
Grand Marshall: Dr. Len Radin

2018

Theme: Year of the Dog
Grand Marshall: Curby and Seymour (and their owners)

2017

Theme: Magic in the Berkshires
Grand Marshall: Fall Foliage Parade Committee Members