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We need to remember with sincere respect those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted
We need to keep in sacred remembrance those who died serving our country.
We need to never let them be forgotten.
We need to take a few moments from our day to honor them, and to thank their families for the incredible sacrifice they endure everyday.
We are diligently working on the staging for the parade on Monday. Unfortunately, we have had several late additions, as recently as this afternoon. We plan to have a staging map posted on the web site on Friday night. Please keep in mind that everything is subject to change right up until the moment the parade ends.
If you need to plan ahead with your group, here are some helpful hints:
Veterans and Police will be staging at the American Legion parking lot.
Fire Department vehicles will be staging on Grand River Avenue, east of Mooney Street.
Everyone else will be staging on Mooney Street. The order is essentially: judges, NFHS band, city/county/state officials, scout & school groups, pageant winners, non-profit groups, HHS Band
The HS Band order this year will be Farmington, NFHS, Harrison. Farmington staging location TBD.
Please be patient as we knead out the kinks. Our hard working staff is walking off distances and painting numbers on the street as you read this.
Please join us after the parade at the American Legion for lunch! Hot dogs probided FREE by the Sons of the American Legion.
Please be in your staging spot before 9:30am. At that time, the Parade Staff will close any gaps between group. Late arrivals will be placed at the end of the parade.
Please do not hang on cars or floats. No throwing or distribution of any objects from the line of march, such as candy, balloons, gum, literature, etc. Such action may cause an accident by enticing a child into the line of march. If appropriate, such items may be handed out along the edges of the road.
No one will be permitted to enter the parade, and may at any time be removed from the Parade, if a Parade Official believes or determines that they may be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which may place at-risk the safety of others.
This is the day we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation in wartime. It is not a day to promote our businesses, candidates or campaigns for elective or appointed office, social or political ideologies.
Coupons, paper flyers, balloons and flags may be distributed by parade participants only. Handbills and political flyers of any kind are strictly prohibited.
Dances or other demonstrations must keep pace with the parade flow. Groups may not stop to perform. All special movements, acts, or demonstrations MUST be performed while moving forward at a speed necessary to maintain designated pace and intervals between groups.
A vehicle with a platform used to carry exhibits or participants should be a trailer or flat-bed truck, with a minimum length of 6ft for the platform area. All floats shall be limited to no more than 12 feet high and 10 feet wide. Floats must be able to be pulled by tow hitch in case of a breakdown.
Freedom isn't free. But we try to make sure this parade is. There is no charge for non-profit clubs, civic groups, public charities and organizations to participate in the parade. However, we do ask that elected officials send a minimum $50 contribution per float or vehicle to help support the parade to:
American Legion Groves Walker Post 34631775 Grand River AvenueFarmington, MI 48336
All entries are subject to the approval of the Parade Committee
Any entry not conforming to these rules and regulations will be eliminated from the Parade. Violations of any of the Memorial Day Parade Rules will disqualify the entry immediately. The Farmington Memorial Day Parade Committee reserves the right to deny requests to march in the parade, or to remove from the parade any persons, displays, floats, vehicles, organizations or groups who are determined to be in any way non-compliant with the "spirit" of the event for any reason, including but not limited to behavior or displays which could be interpreted as a nuisance, offensive, inappropriate or out of character for a Memorial Day event. Any such decision of the Parade Committee or its representative is final and not eligible for appeal.