66th Annual Fall Foliage Parade

Fall Foliage Parade2022-09-20T15:29:20-04:00

66th Annual Fall Foliage Parade

2022 Fall Foliage Parade Header

Date, Time, and Theme

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!

Grand Marshals

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.

Wayne Arnold

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 do appearances for various groups and organizations

The Kings

Parade Route and Program

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.

2022 Parade Map
2021 Parade Program

How You Can Participate

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!

Ways to View This Year’s Parade

  1. Be a spectator along the 1.2 mile parade route from the intersection of State Street and Old State Street, along Main Street, to the intersection of Ashland Street and Washington Ave. (Parade map)
  2. Watch on Community Television channel 1301. Thank you to Northern Berkshire Community Television for their annual broadcast of the parade.
  3. Watch it streamed live on iBerkshires.com Using the feed from community television.

Missed the 2021 Parade? Watch it Here:

Parade Line Ups

Alphabetical Parade Line Up
Numerical Parade Line Up

Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors

Platinum Leaf

Gold Leaf

Silver Leaf

Adams Community Bank
Greylock Federal Credit Union
iBerkshires
MCLA
Wild Oats Market
Berkshire Community College
Sweetwood of Williamstown

Autumn Leaf

North Adams Lodge of Elks 487
AYJ Fund

Bronze Leaf

Carr Hardware N.A.
General Dynamics
Greylock Insurance
KB Accounting
Wayfair

#NAMAzing Supporters

Community Supporters

Shirley Lescarbeau & Loribeth Hartlaub in Memory of Lescarbeau & Luczynski Families
Mayor Tom Bernard & Jennifer Flynn Bernard in Memory of Thomas G. Bernard

Rita A. Gardner in Memory of Chuck & Mark Gardner
Stephen Green & Susanne Walker
Phil & Denise Krutiak

Gene S. & Justyna M. Carlson
Pauline & Robert Bona
Joseph & Patricia Prenguber in Memory of Our Families
David & Marybeth Kennedy
Marianne & William Judge
Judy & Charlie Blaisdell
Julia Wolfrum
Peter and Maryanne Belouin in Memory of Stephen Belouin
Joseph S. & Mary M. Domenichini
Jean Veazie in Memory of Ed Veazie
Theresa Armata
Bob & Janice Moresi
John & Beverly Canale in Honor of All Who Need Prayers
Joe & Colleen Rossi in Memory of In Memory of Inez & Joseph Rossi and Suzanne & Robert Ross

Mary Caffrey
Mike & Diane Pytko in Memory of Ted Pytko & William Dami
Jerry & Mary Desmarais
Catherine Scerbo
Donald & Carol Graves
Al & Lorraine Mancuso
Theresa Wood
Dennis & Elizabeth Gilbert
Mary Burbuto
Bob & Barb St. Pierre in Memory of Sonny St.Pierre
Mary A. Caproni in Memory of Eugene & Fred Scerbo
Paul Corriveau in Memory of Kay Corriveau
George & Debbie Forgea in Memory of Kay Corriveau
The Cellana’s
Franklin Risatti in Memory of Colonel John Gibeau, USAF

Previous Parade Memories

Photo Credit: Gillian Jones and The Berkshire Eagle

2021

Theme: Games, Movies, & Takeout
Grand Marshall: Regional Emergency Planning Committee Northern Berkshire COVID Operations Center

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