An art parade is an intriguing thing. Over the last few months I’ve received a lot of questions from folks wondering about the art parade. So, I thought with 9 days to go, I’d compile (with the help of my colleagues) a list of the public’s most burning questions. Knowing that a list of questions alone is probably not helpful, I’ve also included a list of answers.
On Procession FAQs
Is there a Web site where I can find more information about the parade and the exhibition? Sure is! Visit www.OnProcession.org to learn more.
Can I still be in the parade? How can I sign up on the day of the parade?
Yes! You can still be part of the parade. You can register your project on the morning of the parade between 10:00 and 11:30 am at either end of the parade route. Registration tents will be located near the intersection of Virginia Avenue & S. East Street (WEST end) and near the intersection of Virginia Avenue, Shelby Avenue & Prospect Street (EAST end). If you’re not sure whether you are EAST or WEST, click here for more information.
I want to be a spectator on parade day. What are the vantage points?
The parade route will run the one-mile stretch of Virginia Avenue between the Anthem Building (located at the intersection of Shelby St., East St., and Virginia Ave.) and the Fountain (located at the intersection of Virginia Ave. and Prospect St.). Anywhere along the parade route will be traffic-proofed and ready for spectators! Click here to see the map.
Where should I park?
While there is no designated parking for this event, the following is a list of free public parking that will be available on parade day:
*SEND public parking lot at intersection of Woodlawn Avenue & Shelby Street
*Fountain Square Center Parking Lot, 901 S Shelby Street
*White Castle Parking Lot, 921 Virginia Avenue (corner of Virginia Ave. & Leonard St.). Please enter off of Leonard St.
* Teamsters Union lot, 1233 Shelby Street
Can I bring my children? What about my pets?
Yes! All are welcome to come and watch the parade. However, no animals are allowed in the parade itself. For those who plan to march in the parade, please note that the parade route is approximately 1 mile long, so be sure everyone can cover the distance and wear comfy shoes!
What if it rains or the weather is poor?
The parade is rain or shine! Click here for the weather forecast.
What do I do after the parade is finished?
The party continues! Shuttles will be taking paraders and spectators to the IMA for the On Procession party and exhibition preview. The celebration will take place on the Sutphin Mall from 3:00-7:00 pm. (Tickets are Free for members, $5 for students & parade participants, and $10 for the public and can be purchased online by clicking here.) Surrounded by featured works from the parade, you are invited to enjoy refreshments, karaoke and a special sneak peek of On Procession in the Forefront Galleries. Shuttles will pick up at SEND public parking lot at intersection of Woodlawn Avenue & Shelby Street in Fountain Square and take you to the IMA (or vice versa) approximately every 25 minutes.
Now that I’ve answered your questions, I have a question for you. What’s a good soundtrack for a parade float?Let me explain…The IMA is not just organizing the parade, but it is also participating in it. The Museum will host a float with the theme of “SPECTATORS, PARTICIPANTS, MERRY MAKERS, PROTESTERS, PERFORMERS AND TRAILBLAZERS!” As the IMA’s float moves along the parade route, it will broadcast 3 songs that will relate to that theme. Your challenge is to help us determine those 3 songs. So what kind of music do you think of when you hear the word Protester? What about Merry Maker? Popular or Obscure. Old or New. Let us know by leaving a comment on this blog.