Parade Information

Please note the details below are still in draft format and some information may change slightly. All registered groups will receive the correct information via email once finalised.

Starting positions and times

The parade will assemble and leave from Cottam Hall

Individual starting positions will be indicated by a small numbered white tile on the floor next to an allocated parking space. To those of you that have confirmed attendance I will send your specific starting place the week before the gala.

All walkers must be in place for 11:15 if they want to be judged for the fancy dress competition. Note we leave at 12:00 on the dot.

ALL VEHICLES must be in place for 10:30

Unfortunately we can’t accommodate large articulated wagons as they are just a bit too big for Poulton’s streets (sorry).

Please try to stay within your allotted space(s) and retain your place/order within the parade.

The procession is anticipated to arrive at Cottam Hall at approximately 13:00.  More information regarding the  Crowning ceremony and afternoons entertainment will be added nearer the time once confirmed. In case of extreme weather we will communicate an appropriate contingency. The Gala committee will make the final decision regarding the plan in cases of extreme weather. This will be communicated to all via email and our Facebook page.

Parking

There will be free parking on sections of the Civic Centre car park but please note that the car park will be locked after 19:00. All other town centre car parks will be operating as normal.

Toilets

We will have portaloos at the Cottam Hall.

Route

This year’s route is slightly different and is still being planned….

All floats and vehicles will be stopped on Blackpool road to to allow people to disembark safely and make their way into the Cottam Hall.

Walkers will be directed into Cottam Hall where they can stay together as groups if desired.

During the parade

We try to discourage anyone other than parade participants to walk alongside the procession. We appreciate that this is difficult with small children but please try to keep numbers down wherever possible – or ask that parents/helpers dress-up and join in? Anyone in fancy dress is most welcome!! The theme for this year is Space!

Because the route is complicated it is important that we keep the parade tight. Please do not allow large gaps between groups leaving, perhaps, just a car’s length in-between so that groups are distinct but not too far apart. There will be helpers along the way that will be attempting to control this but your help would be much appreciated. Ensure that drivers of vehicles do not stop and leave the vehicles at any time and no ‘unscheduled’ stoppages please.

Parade finish 

Visiting Queens and their retinues will be offered refreshments at Cottam Hall prior to the crowning ceremony.

1st Aid

We have first aiders and paramedics around on the day. If you require first aid please contact a marshal or come and see us next to the stage if you are at Cottam Hall.

If you know of anyone else that would like to join the parade please let us know – walking late comers are always welcome.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

In the event of rain

If the weather is bad the parade will still carry on as planned although the Gala queen crowning will take place inside the  marquee. Anyone wishing to watch the crowning are more than welcome and you will be directed by the marshalls if this is the case.

General reminder

If you have not already confirmed with us that you are bringing a vehicle we will need notice and you will need to ensure that you have adequate insurance.

If there is any news or interesting information about your group that would would like us to announce as you come into the park please let us know and we will endeavour to share it with the awaiting crowd.

This year we will be judging the floats and the walking groups so good luck to you all (we will still be providing certificates to all attendees).

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all on the day!!