Participate

 

“How can my Dance Group participate in the parade?”

We are sorry but we are unable to accomodate Dance Groups unless they are associated with a band.

 

“How can our Marching Band, Military Unit or other Performer/Performing Group be in the parade?”

Each year we feature several Bag Pipe Bands and numerous Marching Bands. Some are local, others from around the state and some come from across the nation. If you are interested in having your group considered for inclusion, please email pat@futurebound.com. Send your Band Name, Band Director Name, best Contact information. Where is your band from? What is the size of your band and how many pieces will perform in this parade, should you be selected? Please send a video of the band performing if at all possible.

 

“How can I get a float in the parade?”

By city-statute, we have a limit to the number of units we can accept. Our Krewes are awarded 'Shamrock Ratings' after each parade according to the degree of their adherence to our safety and good citizenship rules. Those receiving a 5Shamrock & 4Shamrock rating are automatically invited back the following year. After that, inclusion in the parade is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We offer General and Commercial Parade Entries. Parade Entry Information is sent to our Shenanigans Newsletter Recipients. If you are reading this after August 1, please email a request for the parade packet bririshparade@gmail.com in addition to signing up for the Shenanigans Newsletter. Click here to sign up.

 

"What is involved in being in the parade?"

We strongly suggest that you sign up to receive our Shenanigan's Newletter (link can be found at bottom of website). We accept General and Commercial Parade Entries. Start by joining our Participant Portal. Once a member, you will be able to read/print the rules and access our current year information. Updated information, tips and suggestions are sent monthly. In addition to Parade Fees and our Application to Participate (Release and Hold Harmless), you will need:

A) Rent/Build a Parade Float (you will want a Portalet – most come with one)

Where can we get a float?  If you are looking to rent a float we are aware of the following companies that provide that. We offer no recommendations, only names. If you are looking to build a float, let us know. 

  • Comogo | Earl Comeaux  | 225.687.1954
  • Matt Naquin  |   225.413.2265  |   mnaqui3@gmail.com
  • Cookie |  225.686.1200
  • John Burley | 225.333.2330

B) Make sure your Tow Vehicle has a Licensed, Insured Driver
C) Aquire the needed insurance through your own insurance agent or through Blumberg & Associates
D) Arrange to have no less than 4-6 People who will constantly walk the parade route  (Walkers)
E) Purchase beads and ‘Mardi-Gras-type’ Throws (if you want to "throw" something)
F) Meet with Riders, Walkers & Driver to inform about rules around a month out. You will want them to see the Safety Video.
G) Sound System? Food & Beverage?

Every year people want to join in the fun of being in the Parade. By city-statute, we have a limit to the number of units that can participate. Our Krewes are awarded Shamrock Ratings after each parade according to the degree of their adherence to our safety and good citizenship rules. Those receiving a "5Shamrock" rating are automatically invited back the following year. After that, inclusion in the parade is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

“Wondering if our food truck or portable cart services can be part of the Parade?"

We do not allow Street Vendors along the Parade Route.  Baton Rouge's Finest will remove you from the area for non-compliance.

 

“What is vehicle height clearance?”

According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation: I-12 is 16 feet above Perkins Road

According to EBR City Parish: All traffic lights are no less than 15 feet above the ground.

 

“How can I ride on a float in the parade?”

We do not sell tickets on floats. To participate in the parade, you need to either be a member of a Krewe(personal or commercial) or a member of an Irish organization (See Lagniappe Section ) or LIKE our Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the parade. Krewes with open spots often let us know they are looking for riders and we post there.

 

Celtic Society Bagpipers Baton Rouge, Louisiana St. Pat's Parade