Staging area for the floats


FOR ANY QUESTIONS IN REGARDS TO THE SAFETY PARADE RULES PLEASE E-MAIL;

LT. Kevin Pachucki   with Escambia Sheriff department  kpachucki@escambiaso.com ​

​​​​​​​Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade

~2020~

Safety  Rules

 

Any infringement of these rules can result in your float being completely excluded from parade participation.  The Krewe member signing this sheet will be the contact person for the Krewe and the responsible party for the Krewe on parade day.  These rules are for your safety as well as the visiting public coming to enjoy the parade.

 

PARADE

Floats can begin lining up at 10am and are required to line up in the order of arrival. No gaps* or saving spots will be permitted.  Deputies will follow floats eastbound to block other following traffic in order to allow for safe wide turn-arounds where the float driver selects.  Floats will line up along the northern curb of the westbound lanes of Via de Luna.  Throwing items to any spectator is prohibited while floats are in-route to lineup/staging.

NO BARRICADES, NO THROWS!!     NO BARRICADES, NO THROWS!!

The staging area is a residential area, floats must keep music at a decent level.  If a complaint is received, the Krewe’s responsible party will be subject to citation and/or ejection from the parade.  This is a family friendly event.  No loud or vulgar music.
Do not block driveways or streets along the staging area.  These are acceptable gaps.*
Sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling the lineup/staging area and along the entire route providing spectator control, ensuring public safety and compliance with these safety rules.         
Once the parade starts, floats may start throws upon reaching the barricades at Avenida 10. Parade rolls PROMPTLY at 2:00PM. Throw moon pies, trinkets, beads etc… into the crowd so as not to entice anyone to enter the roadway.  Be careful not to allow throws to fall between floats and towing vehicles. Getting on or off the float while it’s moving creates an unnecessary safety hazard.  Riders should remain on the float, walkers should remain walking. 
The parade route starts at Avenida 10, proceeding west on Via de Luna and into the entrance lanes of Casino Beach parking lot, and ending after the Pavilion (GSP).  Floats do not stop at the reviewing stand. You may pass slowly and throw beads and similar items to the judges. 

 

KREWE / FLOAT

Parade participants and Krewe members are advised to use good judgment during the parade by not drinking to excess.  Do not display alcohol containers, use paper or plastic cups.  Your float should be self-contained.  Please do not litter. 
No oversized tow trucks or pickup trucks are allowed unless pulling a float. The float maximum length is 72 feet, including the tow vehicle.  Motorcycles are not permitted to parade. 

 

Drivers

Drivers must be sober.  Deputies will be posted at the beginning of the parade, with a Portable Breath Tester.    By rule, the designated float driver must blow .000 or the float will be eliminated from participating.  Per Florida Statute, no open containers of alcohol are allowed in the tow vehicles.  

DRIVERS WILL NOT TOSS or HAND OUT THROWS FOR ANY REASON

Maintain a safe distance between floats.  Drive safely and keep up with the float in front of you.  If your float/krewe is not ready at 2 p.m. and/or does not immediately follow the float directly in front of you, deputies will allow floats behind you to proceed before you.  You may end up at the rear of the parade.

 

Safety Observers/Walkers

Each float is required to have safety walkers for each wheel of the float and one on each side of the tow vehicle.  Safety walkers must be at least 18 years old, sober, and wear a reflective, bright colored safety vest.   An example; 2 safety walkers for the tow vehicle (one on each side) and if the float has 4 wheels, then the float will have 4 safety walkers (2 on each side) for a total of 6 walkers.

SAFETY WALKERS/OBSERVERS WILL NOT TOSS/HAND THROWS FOR ANY REASON.

No one under the age of 18 or pets/animals are allowed to walk in the parade.

 

Parking – Arrival / Departure

Arrival

Floats brought to the reserved parking lot on the Saturday night before the parade, must check in with sheriff’s personnel, they will be instructed where and how to park. No security will be provided overnight, parked floats will be left at their own risk.  No floats are allowed prior to 3 p.m. on 2/22/20 and no other floats will be allowed after 8 p.m.
All floats must vacate the parking lot by 11:00 am parade day.  No ‘non-tow’ vehicles will be permitted in the reserved parking lot. 

Departure / Conclusion

All floats will enter the parking area (Beach Ball) after passing the review booth.    

Krewe members should quickly exit the float.  Persons consuming alcoholic beverages are prohibited to remain in county parking lots including on the floats. Violators are subject to citation and/or arrest.  (Co. Ord. #6-63)
Drivers must stay with floats that remain parked.  Parked floats will be allowed to exit the parking lot at their discretion and when it can be accomplished safely. However,  all floats are required to leave the parking lot by 7 p.m.

If your float is immediately leaving the beach at the conclusion of the parade, you will  pass the judges stand and enter the Casino parking lot.  Unload where the deputy instructs you to and then depart at your discretion when it can be accomplished safely.
Before leaving the parking lot, make sure all trash is picked up, and placed in the provided dumpsters. Please have an assigned person to coordinate policing around the float.
Do not stop to unload anyone/anything in the exit lanes of Casino Beach parking lot.  The driver will be cited for impeding traffic. 

 

 

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Krewe Name:                                                   Krewe Representative Printed Name:

 

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