Participate in the People’s Joy Parade

Posted by Cherokee St. News on May 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment

With just 4 days left until the annual People’s Joy Parade kicks off, here are ways you can still get involved.

The kickstarter campaign is 74% funded with $1,022 left to go in the next 3 days.  The funds raised help keep the parade completely community supported and help to pay for things like permits, insurance, barricades, safety officers, rental equipment, drumline, PAs, and both professional and non-profit contributors to the parade such as artists & organizers (CAMP).  Help keep the parade funky & uniquely Cherokee by donating to the Kickstarter campaign.  [ DONATE ]


We’re looking for dance troupes, marching bands, artistic & unique vehicles, scooters, floats, bicycle/motorcycle brigades, marching bands, Clydesdales,  puppets and any other form of mobile entertainment.

If you are interested in participating let us know you’re coming (preferred) by contacting Parade Coordinator Jenny Shriner by email at or just show up at 12:15 on Saturday.   We’ll assemble in the El Leñador Parking lot at 3126 Cherokee.  If you can arrive earlier that would be helpful.  If you are driving an automobile in the parade, plan on entering the lot by driving down Michigan and then going east into the alley directly behind the El Leñador.  There is plenty of street parking for other automobiles.  For all individuals/cars arriving at the lot, please check in with one of the Street Coordinators to find out your position in the parade.  The parade will depart El Leñador promptly at 1:11pm and head East on Cherokee weaving through Benton Park West and ending at Texas & Cherokee around 2pm.  [ PARADE ROUTE ]


If you are available to help with securing the parade route intersections, please contact us at and plan to meet at the El Leñador parking lot (3124 Cherokee Street) at 12:15pm to receive intersection assignments and instructions.  We are looking for approximately 25 volunteers from 12:30-2pm.

Venture outside of the festival zone at 1pm to catch the parade.



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