DAY OF PRIDE INFORMATION
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE
2019 FRESNO RAINBOW PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL
Staging area: The northeast corner of Olive & Palm Avenues. Once there, check in with our staff in “Light Blue”2019 Pride t-shirts. They will inform you where in the order of the parade you are and give you the number to place on the driver’s side of your vehicle’s grill. If you are marching the number needs to be visible to the right front of your entry.
· Please do not park in the staging lot unless you have been directed to by OUR staff.
Olive Avenue will be closed to traffic early in the morning and the Parade starts at 10am. You can set up your entry as early as 7am, BUT MUST have checked in by 9am.
The Parade ends at Maroa Avenue, and you must turn left at Maroa Avenue to exit. NOBODY MAY EXIT THE VEHICLE/FLOAT until it is at Fern & Maroa. Please contact all of your Parade participants in your contingent and share this information.
The City has put into place that NO candy or other items may be tossed, thrown or distributed by ANY Parade entry. No confetti or paper may be shot or thrown out as part of your parade entry. Littering citations will be given out.
Fresno Police Department requires that all decorated vehicles and floats MUST LEAVE the parade area immediately following their turn in the parade and not be parked in the neighborhood.
There are awards for Parade entries in the following categories: 1) Largest Contingent, 2) Best Float /Decorated Vehicle, and 3) Most Festive entry. The awards will be announced at the big Entertainment Pavilion at 12 noon. To receive the award someone from your entry must be present.
If you would like to have your entry announced at the Grand Stands a parade Entry Statement (a brief description of your entry/organization/business, roughly 75 words in length), needs to be submitted electronically. Your Entry Statement MUST BE emailed to Clinkinc@aol.com no later than 05/26/19. Submissions after this date will not be accepted. Due to computer program issues it is best that you simply type out your statement in the text area of your email program and don’t send it as an attachment.
The Fresno Rainbow Pride Festival is a smoke free and ADA compliant event. Special provisions are made for Beer Garden and smoking area.
All vendors must check in at the festival site with the Booth Coordinators who will be wearing special 2019 Pride t-shirts. The Booth Coordinators are the individuals you will check in with and can answer any of your questions. Your booth space number will be given to you at check in. You will be given directions of where to get your table(s) and chair(s).
There is only one entrance to the festival site for Vendors and it is at Olive & Fulton Street. You will be turned away from any other gate.
Setup starts at 7am. The entrance is at Fulton Street and Olive Avenue. Vehicles must be off Alhambra and Fulton Streets by 9am. It is best if you unload inside the festival area by your assigned booth space and then remove your vehicle immediately to find close-by parking. Please don’t be rude and impact the other vendors who will also need to be dropping off their items. There will be a detailed map on our website at www.fresnorainbowpride.com/location.
All vendors (informational, merchandise and food booths) are permitted 2 (two) staff persons per to enter free of charge. You will be given two Vendor Wristbands at the time of check in. These Wristbands are non-transferable and are only good for one individual. Without the Wristband, all persons will be charged $5 to enter. The wrist bands must be worn on the wrist in plain view at all times. Please plan accordingly for any additional staff that will be working your booth. The COVER CHARGE (or additional vendor wrist bands) ARE $5 PER PERSON.
If you have a large group please remind all your helpers/people only two people may enter to work your booth with the wristbands others will not be allowed in without paying the entry fee of $5 per person. It puts us in a bad position to have to argue with your volunteers because this has not been explained to them in advance.
Remember you may purchase passes in advance by May 17th.
IMPORTANT: Olive Ave will be closed early in the morning and that's the only way to get into the Festival area. Please be on site BEFORE 9am!
After the festival is over at 3pm, you need to clean up your area, return the tables /chairs to the designated area, take all trash and litter to the trash dumpsters, and then report in at the INFORMATION BOOTH to have your site inspected. After the inspection they will return your cleaning deposit. THE DEPOSITS WILL ONLY BE GIVEN OUT STARTING AT 3:00 PM. No Deposits will be returned after 06/01/19. If you leave without being checked out with our Booth Coordinators, you will NOT receive your cleaning deposit back. It is not possible to receive the deposit before 3pm. NO cleaning deposits will be refunded after June 1, 2019. Please don't break down the booths early.
Thank you! See you on Saturday!
Jeffery Robinson, Pride Coordinator