Ahoy Mateys !! Greetings from the Privateers…..
It is nearing that special time of year again that we celebrate our nation's birthday and independence. Please join us on the 3rd of July, for our annual Independence Day Parade Processional. Staging opens at 8am with the parade step off at 10 am SHARP. We will be parking at Coquina Beach North Boat Ramp, you will enter at the access road across from Coquina Beach South Entrance and be directed where to go and what to do from there.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE PARADE:
Please register your float/vehicle/golf cart by clicking the Register button to the left, or by printing and filling out an application. You can present the application to our staging martial when you arrive.
It is now a requirement by local authorities that parade floats ( any vehicle/trailer that has/uses a generator on board ) carry a 5 lb. ABC 2A-10B, C fire extinguisher and must have annual stamp or be certified from extinguisher company. You will be expected to have this the day of the parade or you cannot participate.
THIS PARADE INVOLVES WATER !!!!!
We have had reports, from both sides of the parade line, of injuries. 2 years ago, we tried to advertise to the public to refrain from using water balloons or high pressure hoses/water guns, to my knowledge it worked with the exception of 1 or 2 people. We will try this again this year. Also please try to refrain from spraying toddlers and babies, we received complaints about that as well.
Please be mindful of attire or electronics that could be damaged if it gets wet. Bring protective supplies for your phone, camera, and or any electronics.
MIND THE TEMPERATURE !!!!!
This parade gets very warm. Wear proper clothing.. Bring water and stay hydrated.
NO WALKING IS ALLOWED OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING HORSES.
This is a processional, the other lane of traffic cannot be stopped. You must be on some type of wheels to participate.
This is a first come first serve parade. We cannot hold spots or give spaces between floats. If you are waiting for another float, please pull off and wait for the other party to join you before getting in line.
The Privateers do not charge a fee to participate in this parade. If you would like to donate, we appreciate your generosity and it is greatly appreciated. A portion of all donations received will go to the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County. They can be found by clicking the link below,
ELC of Manatee County
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having you celebrate the birth of our nation with us.
Click here for a printable application.