The word is spreading around the North American fire service, and internationally through various internet communications channels, and American firefighters with international fire service contacts of a Traditional Fire Service Parade to be held on Saturday March 12th, 2011
You are cordially invited to attend the 43rd Annual Delray Beach Florida - International Fire Service - St. Patricks Parade, to be held on Saturday March 12th, 2011. With the Pre-Parade gathering and celebration on Friday March 11th.
This is the largest, most popular St. Patricks Parade in the state of Florida.
Uniformed marching Firefighters, Honor guards, Color guards, Fire service and civilian Bagpipe bands, Antique fire trucks, Modern fire trucks, Motorcycles, Fire Safety Clowns, Dalmatians, Specialty groups, Civilian floats, 10 Ladder trucks from 10 different fire departments, paired into 2's and hanging 5 - huge 20' X 30' flags over the parade route, Muscular Dystrophy Association Ambassador - 13 year old Trenton Kirchfeld as Parade Grand Marshall who'll lead the parade in his wheelchair, The Good Year Blimp has been invited to fly over the parade with "Good Year Salutes Firefighters" flashing on the Jumbo Tron screen, Randy Mantooth (Johnny Gage from the hot show of the 70's - EMERGENCY), Pre-Parade and Post Parade celebrations, staged band concerts, and more.
Mark the date on your calendars. Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
If you're a government official or politician, ask your fire chief to register one of your fire trucks in the parade (For Free) to represent your city, town, county, call 561-883-7763
Honor Guard / Pipe Band / USAR / Combat Challenge / Extrication / Heavy Rescue - team members and other specialty groups, this being a high profile fire service event, if you'd like official written letters of invitation to your Chief officer, e-mail us his/her name and address and we'll send them the invite for you @: email@example.com
Due to the high level of interest and the potential for a very large number of uniformed personnel marching, if you plan on coming as a complete pipe band, you may be offered the opportunity to march and play as a stand alone band, and lead your own column of uniformed personnel. A complete band will be at least 12 members, with a bass drum. Contact ASAP us to put your name on the list. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're intending to march in your own St. Patricks Parade in one of the big cities on St. Patricks Day - March 17th, you have plenty of time to catch a sun tan down here, and make it back in time for your own parades.
Check back on the following website link for more information on directions, times, lodgings, travel, firefighter registration, ect, and please send us your travel itinerary - arrival / departure information as soon as possible for airport pick ups and drop offs. (Airline / Airport / Times / Amount of people) .....
For U-Tube musical slide shows, and a video clip of this years 42nd Annual Parade, please visit:
For still shot photographs:
Parade article on: I-Love-Delray-Beach.Com
Facebook Fire Service Parades Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1622907822&ref=pymk#
Firegeezer trade information website article on parade: http://firegeezer.com/2010/08/24/morning-lineup-august-24-4/
IAFF On Line:
If you'd like to be a parade sponsor, please call:
If you'd like someone to come speak at a fire department function, event, union meeting, board meeting, ect. and answer questions about the parade, please call (561) 883-7763
If you're a vendor and would like to set up a booth / tent at the parade, please call (561) 279-0907
If you're coming as a spectator, you'll want to stay away from the downtown area around the tracks. This area will have the highest concentration of spectators, and not really have the best vantage point of seeing the parade. Try to find a spot between Federal Highway and the intracoastal bridge.
Please send out / share this information, and invitation to the parade, along with a link invitation to this Facebook parade page, to all of your neighbors, family, friends, co-workers and fellow firefighters. Especially those with children. Thank You !!!
Firefighters on Facebook - Please share this page with all of your fire service Facebook contacts. Thank you !!
Be safe, and Hope to see you at the parade, Slainte !!!