Sunday, October 2, 2022
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.
2022 Theme: Holidays on Parade
This fall, the annual parade celebrates a fun theme honoring all your favorite holidays. We’re honoring every holiday, from Valentine’s Day, New Year’s, National Ice Cream Day, Halloween, and everything in between! Interpret this theme however you like in your float, costume, and more!
The 2022 Grand Marshals are The Arnolds and The Kings, two families who have brought good cheer and a festive spirit to the City of North Adams for decades. Over 30 years ago, Wayne Arnold began decorating his East Main Street house with a few porch lights. The tradition has grown into a display of thousands of sparkling lights. From 1986 to 2015, MaryAnn and Leon King have dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the City of North Adams’ tree lighting. They continue to volunteer and make appearances for various groups and organizations. Both Grand Marshals are a testament to the goodwill and community devotion these citizens have shown over the years. 1Berkshire and the City of North Adams are thrilled to honor them during this year’s parade. Read more here.
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.
NOTE: Due to the new starting location and staging area, through traffic is able to detour on Old State Street to access parts of Curran Highway. The road will be fully shut down along the parade route starting at 12:30 pm.
To Float or Not to Float
Anyone can enter a float into the parade! Enter as a group, organization, club, sports team, school, church, bank, business, or even as a group of friends or neighbors. Get your family together and make a special event of it.
Parade floats are easy to do! Here’s some information on ways to create a float of any size:
- Anything that can be driven or pulled along the parade route can be made into a float. Examples include flatbeds of any size, bikes, golf carts, trackers, horses, pickup truck beds, etc. Use your imagination!
- Decorations for the float can be almost anything. Consider balloons, tissue paper, steamers, fringe, flags, bunting, decorating fabric, pennant banners, garlands, lights, painted cardboard, house and yard décor, items from nature – and don’t forget your float riders and costumed walkers!
- You can make a float for as little as a few hundred dollars or less. Consider getting a group together to share the cost and collection of supplies.
- Get a sponsor to finance your float – ask a local business and include their sign!
Ready to organize and create your parade float? Get started by filling out this simple form. There’s no jurying. Fill out the form and you’re in!