PARADE APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 ARE CLOSED. THE PARADE IS FULL
2016 Palm Springs Pride Parade
The most scenic Pride Parade in the world!
Sunday Nov. 6, 2016 – 10am
Parade Route: Travels south along Palm Canyon Drive from Uptown to Downtown Palm Springs!
Step Off: 10am Tachevah and Palm Canyon Dr.
Parade End: The parade ends around Noon. The parade route travels directly to the opening gates of the Pride Festival. Plan ahead so you can enjoy FREE Entry to the Pride Festival at the end of the Parade route.
Known for its crystal blue skies, year-round sunshine, stunning landscape, palm tree lined streets and starry nights the City of Palm Springs comes alive during the annual Pride Celebration. Rainbow flags and glitter will fill the streets as the ever present Mount San Jacinto Mountains star in the most scenic Pride Parade in the world. The parade steps off at 10am at Tachevah and travels south along historic Palm Canyon Drive to the opening gates for the Pride Festival at Amado Rd.
Be a part of the parade and see for yourself who will best incorporate the annual theme in their parade contingent. Who will present the best out-of-town entry? Who will have the most original or outrageous entry? Join your friends and family and have fun selecting the best community organization entry, the best float and the most creative marching contingent.
At the end of the parade route all vehicle traffic will go east to Indian Canyon and turn left. Dismantling will occur between Amado and Alejo on Indian Canyon Dr. All parade contingents will dismantle in this area. Floats and vehicles can tear down and become street legal in this temporary holding area. All vehicles must be out of traffic lanes when the parade ends and the street reopens to traffic.
The staging area be closed to local traffic at 6:00am Sunday November 6. Palm Canyon Dr will be closed from Vista Chino to W. Baristo Rd. Enter the staging area driving south on Palm Canyon Dr at Vista Chino and N. Palm Canyon Dr. Please follow the check in instructions that will be sent to all contingents seven to ten days before the parade.
Free parking is abundant in downtown Palm Springs and within footsteps to explore the famed Palm Canyon Drive. Downtown Palm Springs is a vibrant village with an urban sensibility, dotted with a wonderful assortment of fashion and crafts boutiques, art galleries, theaters and museums. Dine outdoors under palm trees at one of the restaurants, cafes, late night bistros, or festival vendors of every description.
Please plan a little extra time as regular parking becomes scarce downtown as the start of the parade nears. Everyone is encouraged to park between Uptown and Downtown and east of Palm Canyon Dr.
Consider parking away from Palm Canyon Dr. for both the Festival and Parade. A few suggestions that are only a 5 to ten minute walk from the action include:
· Amado toward the Convention Center
· Andreas toward Calle El Segundo
· 1/3 of of mile east of Palm Canyon on Tamarisk to Ruth Hardy Park
· 1/2 mile east of Palm Canyon on Tachevah to Katherine Finchey Elementary School
· Parking Garage on Belardo RD.
· 275 S. Indian Canyon Dr. Drive (Downtown Parking Structure)
Advice for Spectators
Palm Springs Pride works all year long to bring this event to life and provide the best possible experience to all spectators. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy the parade safely:
- Wear sunscreen! It will be a warm and sunny morning, so bring a tube of sunscreen with you.
- Bring water!
- Have fun! Sing, chant, and clap for and with the participating groups!
- Watch out for (your) kids – Make sure that children are safe and not running around on the street, especially when vehicles are approaching.
- Respect the instructions from the parade staff and volunteers – They are only doing their job and enforcing safety measures for the benefit of everyone.
- Avoid crossing the street when vehicles or animals are approaching – This slows down the parade and creates unnecessary risks.
- Stay on the sidewalk or behind safety lines and barricades – Advancing into the street when contingents approach slows down the parade and creates unnecessary risks. Maneuvering vehicles require large clearance on the street.
The following rules will be in force during the parade
– The Palm Springs City Ordinance (11.10.040) prohibiting public nudity on public or private property open to view from any public area will be strictly enforced.
– No tossing or throwing of items from parade entries into the crowd, in accordance with Palm Springs City Ordinance.