BATH CANADA DAY PARADE 2016
Welcome to this year’s parade. Thank you for helping make the 2016 Bath Canada Day Parade the best one ever.
The theme of the 2016 Bath Canada Day Parade is ” The Historic Shores of Bath” celebrating the military, commercial and recreational relationship of Bath and Lake Ontario.
This information package contains directions to the staging area, information regarding check-in and staging, parade pacing, parade awards and safety precautions.
The parade begins from Finkle’s Shore Park at 1pm sharp on Canada Day and ends at the Bath Public School on County Road 7. In order to allow for the staging of the parade entries, we ask that you report to Finkle’s Shore Park no later than 1130 a.m.
A shuttle service from Bath Public School on County Road 7 to Finkle’s Shore Park is provided for those who wish to leave their cars or equipment at the end of the parade route. This facilitates a quick getaway.
Finkle’s Shores Park is Our Staging Area
From the east
If you are coming to Bath from the east on Highway 33, take Academy Street to Church Street; turn left on to Church, then right at the stop light. Continue along Main Street about 1.5 kilometres to Finkle’s Shore Park.
From the north
Those coming from the north will follow County Road 7 to the stoplight in Bath, and then turn right onto Main Street.
From the west
Those coming from the west on Highway 33 will see Finkle’s Shore Park on the right hand side of the road just before coming into the Village.
Check – in and staging
When you arrive at Finkle’s Shores Park, please check in with the Parade Desk. We need to know you are present and you need to collect your placement number. Make your way to the corresponding sign post and await starting instructions.
Display your parade number on the right hand side of your float or hold it up as you pass the judging stand so that the judges can see it easily. The judging stand is in front of the Royal Bank on Main Street.
The parade route is 1.9 kilometers and should take about 45 minutes. Keeping up to the group in front of you is important to prevent large spaces between Parade Entries
- We ask that any candies or any other give away items be handed out NOT thrown to the crowd to keep little ones from darting into the street. Handouts should be of good quality and name brand.
- The OPP have voiced a concern about participants riding the floats to the marshalling area. Float participants should arrange for safe transportation to their float at the marshalling area.
- BEST YOUTH ENTRY:
Any float/marching group sponsored by a non profit organization whose programs and membership are limited to youth under the age of 18. Ex: Boy/Girl Scouts
- BEST GROUP ENTRY:
Any float/marching group sponsored by a non profit organization whose programs and membership are not limited to youth under the age of 18. Ex: Churches, Kiwanis
- BEST COMMERCIAL ENTRY:
Any float/marching group promoting any business, product or enterprise. Any float/marching group bearing a name, logo, slogan, etc. is considered commercial.
- BEST VINTAGE VEHICLE:
Any vehicle that has been maintained restored or modified.
5. BEST MOTORIZED VEHICLE
Most impressive vehicle in the Parade.
- BEST FAMILY ENTRY
Most impressive Family float, marching group or other entry
- BEST DECORATED BICYCLE:
Best decorated bicycle in the parade.
- BEST BAND:
Best group of two or more individuals playing musical instruments.
- BEST EQUESTRIAN /ANIMAL:
Best entry which contains one or more live animals.
How well the entry fits the theme of the parade the Historic Shores of Bath
The creativeness and originality in the entry’s design concept
Attention to detail, level of effort, difficulty
Showmanship of members – spirit, energy, contact and engagement with onlookers.
Costumes and Dress Appeal
Winners will be announced at the Official Ceremonies in Centennial Park shortly after the Parade. A list of winners will be posted at the Information Booth in Centennial Park and on our website: www.bathcanadaday.ca.
Bath Canada Day 2016
If you and you family are thinking of taking part in this year’s parade, here are some suggestions
1. Your entry doesn’t have to be elaborate. Gather up the kids on their bikes, put the little one in a stroller, wear your red and white and walk the route from the corner of Country Club Drive to Bath School. There are parade awards and the criteria are outlined in the registration package if you would like to take things to the next level.
2. Make a banner with your family’s name to carry in the parade. Did you know that in the late 70’s and early 80’s the slogan for Bath’s Canada Day celebration was Having a Ball in Bath? Coincidently the Loyalist Residents Association came up with the same theme for their parade entries over a couple of years.
3. Make a sign for each side of the car, get some flags from the Welcome Booth in Centennial Park and join in.
4. Combine your entry with another family – related or not.
5. If you want to do something more elaborate, that’s fine too. A float might highlight the family business, a hobby or talent your family shares, or portray individuals from different generations. This could be a tie-in to life in Bath over the past 200 years. In keeping with the 2016 theme how about a float with a canoe and people fishing or paddling or dressed up as voyageurs?
Let your imagination take flight and have fun!
6. Scroll down to see pictures of previous parade winners and see what they did.
2014 Parade Marshalls: The Hogan Family
2014 Parade Award Winners
BEST YOUTH ENTRY
Miniature Beer Wagon With Small Child
BEST ADULT ENTRY
Kings Royal Yorkers
BEST COMMERCIAL ENTRY
The Laundry Lounge
BEST VINTAGE VEHICLE
1934 Blue Ford Touring Car
BEST MOTORIZED VEHICLE
Lafarge Ready Mix Truck
BEST FAMILY ENTRY
Hetherington Hall – Dave Hall Family
BEST DECORATED BICYCLE
Princess of Wales Own Regiment Pipes and Drums
Mr. Bruce Lemmon – Lafarge Ready Mix Truck Parade Driver for 15 Consecutive Years
The Award Winners for the 2013 Canada Day Parade are:
Best Youth Entry: Maple Leaf Lodge No. 119
Best Adult Entry: Bath Gardening Club
Best Commercial Entry: LaFarge Canada Bath Plant
Best Vintage Vehicle: 1945 Massey Harris Tractor
Best Motorized Vehicle: 1923 Steam Powered Rumley Tractor
The first time this steam tractor was in the parade was 54 years ago!
Best Family Entry: The Guindon Family
Best Decorated Bicycles: The Wilson and Grose Families
Best Band: Loyalist Fife and Drums
Best Equestrian/Animal Entry: Adam Brown Performance Horses
Got questions? Contact Joe Hudacin at 613-352-7441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org