Count down the days until the parade with us.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.