Source: Illinois Office of Tourism
Public entities should take these first steps when organizing parade production:
- Develop a written plan.
- Assign responsibilities and accountability.
- Outline procedures.
- Provide crowd control and security.
- Determine liquor liability.
- Verify event holder’s liability insurance meets minimum requirements.
- Obtain certificates of insurance.
- Seek input from law enforcement, the fire department and EMS.
Be sure to keep safety and security top of mind during the parade, Marinelli says.
“With so many people out celebrating, towns and cities must follow safety and security protocols for parades,” he says.
During the event:
- Control traffic with barricades and police at intersections.
- Use barricades to keep parade observers off curbs and streets.
- Follow fire department occupancy limits for floats and trailers.
- Use safety harnesses to secure float riders who are standing.
- Keep children on floats safe with adult supervision, harnesses and check-in and check-out procedures and ID to confirm their parents/guardians.
Review insurance coverage
Before a parade or other special event, public entities should make sure their commercial general liability insurance coverage is sufficient to cover the full scope of the event. Learn more from Trident’s community event planning tips.
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