Hello parade walkers!
Looking forward to tomorrow. Hope to see you there!
A few important last minute things:
For those of you who are new to the parade, if possible, please consider having someone drop you and your doxies and parade participants off at our meetup lineup spot on Niagara Street in between Niagara Square (the monument in front of Buffalo City Hall) and Franklin Street.
See map here: http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/424019_3418306454101_1163316560_33496217_1401590016_n.jpg
Traffic downtown is said to be closing between 12NOON and 1:00PM, so parking may be challenging. We are lining up no later than 1:30PM, but please plan to be there EARLY so you can to help decorate our "wiener wagon" and "dachstang" mustang. It's a long wait time, but again, please feel free to bring foldable chairs, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The weather is going to be BEAUTIFUL, so let's enjoy it. We will begin marching between 2:30pm and 2:45 as per last years schedule... possibly earlier.
If you have to park, I suggest finding a spot in between the start and end of the parade route, so the walk back is not too difficult. My father has parked on Main Street and walked to Delaware many times in the past and that seems to work pretty well. There is also a parking garage directly across from our lineup spot (entrance to it on both Pearl and Franklin Streets) called the Fernback Parking ramp. Here is a link to a map of where it is (the ramp is designated on the map by the Red Bison)
This is another option for those driving, but quite a long walk back to after ending the parade.
LAST, for those of you new to the parade, things can get pretty rowdy downtown, the crowd gets VERY excited (especially seeing our doxies!!), so please consider reviewing these safety tips to make sure your parade walk is safe and enjoyable:
PARADE SAFETY REMINDERS (PLEASE REVIEW):
1) Please have your dog(s) on a harness leash if you have one for the parade walk. This is the safest way to go. Dogs should be on leashes the entire walk please (unless they are sitting on laps in our wiener wagon truck or convertible)
2) One person walking each dog participating is encouraged. This is another way to keep dogs safe during the parade route. If you are alone and would like help for multiple dogs, please check in with Emily and she will help find someone to assist you if needed.
3) Be vocal if you do NOT WANT parade attendees petting your dog. The parade route is VERY loud, with many screaming, often very excited attendees and small children. Some have been known to walk directly up to the dogs to pet them, so a harness is the safest way to go to keep your dog in line and safe. If you need to tell people NOT to pet your dog, speak up so that we can keep the walk moving swiftly and safely.
4) Friends and family are encouraged to walk with us, please feel free to invite them to walk with the group!
Thank you so much, and thank you to all of our new members who will be joining us for the very first time. I hope you have a wonderful time!
THANKS GO OUT TO: Ron and Jackie for your usual "wiener wagon", and Bill for your convertible this year!