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.
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!
2021 Parade Announcer
1Berkshire is happy to announce that former MA Governor Jane Swift, has accepted the invitation from the City of North Adams to serve as the 2021 Fall Foliage Parade Announcer.
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.