Schedule of Events
|9 AM – 11:30 AM||Set Up|
|10:30 AM – 12 PM||Vendor Set Up|
|12 PM||Parade Check-In|
|12:30 PM – 1 PM||Parade Line Up|
|1 PM||Pedestrian Parade Starts|
|1:30 PM – 5 PM||Celebration!|
Event Day FAQs
Can I take public transportation to the event?
Yes! Take the Metro North Danbury Line* to the Bethel Metro North station. The parade gathering spot will be across the street! It is about a 10 minute walk to the celebration site. If you are only planning on attending the celebration, follow these steps to get to the Municipal Center: When you arrive at the station, take a right on Durant Avenue. Shortly after you pass CVS (on your right), take a left on to School Street. The Municipal Center Lawn will be on your left!
*Unsure how to get to the Danbury line from your location? No problem. Find your route here (please note you will be brought to a page on the MTA website upon submission): MTA Trip Planner
Where can I watch the parade?
This year our parade will be a pedestrian parade, marching on the sidewalks! Our route is extended from previous years and is tentatively set to flow as follows: Marchers will gather on the sidewalks across from the Bethel Train Station, walk down Durant Ave. towards the Bethel Library (passing the Municipal Center lawn on their left). At the corner of Durant Ave. and Greenwood Ave., marchers will take a left on Greenwood and follow the inner sidewalks to PT Barnum Square, then circle back to the Municipal Center lawn. Spectators are encouraged to walk from the Municipal Center or the opposite side of the street from the parade. Check out the map below for details.
Where is the parade route?
Marchers will gather on the sidewalks across from the Bethel Train Station, walk down Durant Ave. towards the Bethel Library (passing the Municipal Center lawn on their left). At the corner of Durant Ave. and Greenwood Ave., marchers will take a left on Greenwood and follow the inner sidewalks to PT Barnum Square, then circle back to the Municipal Center lawn. Check out the map below for details.
Where are bathrooms located?
Bathrooms will be available within the Municipal Center Building. Check out the map below for details.
Is there an entrance fee?
No! Our event is FREE to the public to enjoy!
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! Leashed dogs are welcome outside of the Municipal Center. Please note that there will be a substantial crowd, so make sure your animal will be comfortable in a loud environment.
Where can I park?
Parking is available behind the Municipal Center, on the street, and in adjacent lots unless otherwise marked. Follow the signs posted on the event date. Check out the map below for details.
Can I bring signs, banners, or giveaways?
We encourage signs, banners, and any other items that represent your group or message. You are responsible for storing your signage after the parade has concluded.
Please do not bring candy or small items to throw, as it can be harmful to animals.
Can I bring a float?
Small, non-motorized floats, such as those made with wagons or strollers are acceptable. If you have an idea and are unsure if it will work for a pedestrian parade, please first reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If suitable, please complete the March Group & Float Request Form in advance so we can ensure that there is enough space to accommodate your float.
What should I wear when marching?
We welcome marchers to positively express themselves as they wish; however, please bear in mind that this is a family-friendly event.
Do I need to march in a group?
No. We encourage anyone who would like to participate to march in the parade. Feel free to march with family and friends.