2019 Parade Information for Participating Organizations

Last Updated: May 4, 2019

2019 Parade Status Final Update: To be posted here and on the homepage at 10 am on May 5th.

All parade participants are encouraged to read this page in its entirety. This page contains real-time information for all parade participants on the following:

  • Start Location

  • Key Parade Times

  • Note on Weather

  • Check-In Process & Lineup

  • Kick-off & Route

  • Pre-Parade Activities

  • Essentials for Success and Managing Special Requests

  • Suggested Parking

Start Location


The parade check-in process and pre-parade activities are offered at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center: 247 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Key Parade Times

Key times for parade participants (Note: Points-of-Contact must arrive early!)

  • Check-in:

    • For Points-of-Contact or Primary Team Lead: 11:00 am

    • For Participants: Arrive by 11:30 am

  • Pre-parade activities begin: 11:30 am

  • Line-up Set By: 12:00 pm

  • Parade starts: 12:30 pm

  • Parade ends: between 12:45 pm and 1 pm

A note on Weather

The Lowell Earth Day Parade occurs rain or shine.

We will only cancel in the event of a significant or forecast weather event so please come prepared. We will update this page with cancellation information and notify all or your primary contacts.

2019 Parade Status Final Update: To be posted here and on the homepage at 10 am on May 5th.

Please check the forecast in the days leading up to the event and be prepared for the unpredictable weather that accompanies spring in New England.

Check-In Process & Lineup

Points-of-contact for parade groups (and all electric vehicle owners in the parade) must be onsite and checked in with the parade organizers starting at 11:00 am and must be fully briefed before 11:30 am.

Parade Check-In begins at 11:30 am for all other members with the Parade Organizers. Each participating group should instruct their members to check-in with the organizers as soon as they arrive.

All participants should be onsite for 11:30 am. Line up will begin at 11:30 am.

Groups will be assigned to their spot in line by Noon.

Kick-Off & Route

The parade will leave the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors' Center via Market Street at 12:30 pm sharp.

This is a hard start time, with no exceptions, we have coordinated with the three law enforcement departments in the city-- Lowell Police Department, National Park Service Police Department, and the UMass Lowell Police Department.

Parade route:

  • Start at the LNHP VC Plaza

  • Cross Market St at the LNHP VC Plaza's arch

  • Straight down Shattuck St (Opposite the direction of traffic)

  • Right at Merrimack St

  • Right at Central St

  • Left at Hurd St

  • End at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

The route takes approximately 30-minutes to complete.

Here is a Google Map outlining the Parade Route.

Pre-Parade Activities

If you have kids or you are a kid-at-heart, the National Park Service offers a variety of kid-friendly Pre-Parade activities to keep everyone happy and occupied until lineup begins. The activities will run between 11:30 am and 12:15 pm.

Essentials for Success and MANAGING Special Requests

Points-of-Contact: The parade group point-of-contact will be the first person on-site for the parade group and will obtain key information from parade organizers including: their group's place in the parade, their staging location, and a reminder of the guidelines for the parade.

Parade Leader: Each group must designate a parade leader. The parade leader must:

  1. Ensure their group stays on the right side of two-way, double-yellow lined streets.

  2. Maintain a distance of 15-20 feet in between their group and the group in front of them.

  3. Stop their group, if the group in front of them stops moving, to prevent parade groups from bunching up.

Costuming: Organizations are encouraged to wear fun, themed-costumes or bright colors.

Promotion/Banners/Flags: Organizations are encouraged to make banners, flags, puppets, and other hand-held items that promote the organization’s message. Here are a few additional tips:

  • Banners should be bright-colored.

  • Banners should display the organization’s name clearly.

  • Consider how manageable carrying the banner or flag will be:

    • A banner on a pole will remain flat and will be readable but may be heavy for younger paraders to carry for the entire length of the parade.

    • Consider switching banner holders during the parade route.

    • A second pole or other weight along the bottom of the banner will help to keep it from blowing in the wind.

    • Fabric banners or flags blowing in the wind are not readable for the entire duration of the parade.

  • Try to avoid materials that will blow away, fall apart, or leave litter along the parade route.

  • Consider reusing materials and the general theme of Earth Day during the design process.

Special Requests: If you have any special requests or needs at the parade please include them in your Parade Participation Form and/or coordinate with Tyler Arrigo at 978-934-6554 or Tyler_Arrigo@uml.edu.

Special requests include among others:

  • Will you have one or more floats, motor vehicles, human powered cycles, or other objects that are not standard pedestrians?

  • Do you have a dance routine that requires the parade to periodically stop?

  • Do you have audio or chanting as part of your parade ensemble routine?

Suggested Parking

Free parking is available in the National Park Visitor’s Center Parking Lot accessible at the intersection of Broadway and Dutton Streets, Lowell, MA 01852