Thunder in the Vicinity
Wind: 3 mph
8 a.m. Vendors must have arrived in Warren preparing for set-up. Night before set-up is fine.
8 a.m. Mad Bus begins running from Lincoln Peak (Sugarbush) and Yestermorrow School (Route 100 north of Warren) until 4:15 p.m. Pick up after the parade is at Covered Bridge Road and Route 100.
8:30 a.m. Main Street Warrenclosed to vehicular traffic at north entrance or Main Street, intersection of Main Street and Covered Bridge Road, intersection of Brook Road and School Road, intersection Fuller Hill Road and Main Street. Only emergency and pre-authorized traffic will be allowed through.
Parking for individuals with disabilities will be at municipal building and at the grist stone/commuter parking area. Handicap parking placard must be clearly displayed.
8:30 a.m. Floats should arrive by this time, entering the village from the south end of Main Street and Route 100 (not Covered Bridge Road) and line up in the order you arrive, or as assigned by the Float Patrol. Floats and marchers should be respectful of Float Patrol and stay in the order assigned. Floats and marchers do not need to register, simply show up. No horses allowed. Cows, yaks and wildebeest with handlers and poop scoopers welcome. Incorporate the theme “Bridging the Gap.” Color Guard: Warren Fire Department, Grand Marshal: MRV Interfaith Council and other dignitaries go first. The rest fall in line.
8:30 a.m. Buddy Badges go on sale for $1 entry fee donation at each gate into town for chance to win a prize if you spot your matching number. All proceeds collected go to support the event, sodonations over $1 are welcome! Be generous!
8:30 a.m. WDEV broadcasts live on 96.1 FM from the porch of The Pitcher Inn.
10 a.m. We await Clive’s Cannon and the signal to start the parade from the south end of Main Street by covered bridge moving north on Main Street, turning right on Brook Road toward Warren School. Floats may park at town garage on School Road. Cars may not park there.
11:15 a.m. Parade winds down, Jimmy Yozell & Friends (sponsored by Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom) warm up on the porch of The Warren Store and the street dance begins.
Noon-ish Kids’ activities begin at elementary school (Brooks Field) led by Melody Showacre and KidVentures. Mad Mountain Scramblers (sponsored by Jamieson Insurance) and Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses (New Orleans Jazz) crank up the tunes and Purple Moon Pub sells beer in the designated beer garden. Food vendors begin serving food.
There is no alcohol allowed in Warren Village, with the rule strictly enforced by security personnel. Please respect the rules.
Limited street opening as crowds disburse. Warren Village Main Street from intersection of Brook Road south to Flat Iron Road will remain closed until band is done and street is swept.
Noon Sugarbush opens disc golf, lift-served mountain biking, zip line, BBQ, live music, kids’ activities and more.
3 p.m. Warren Village and Brooks Field activities wind down, streets re-open.
4:15 p.m. Mad Bus ends its free shuttle service to Yestermorrow and Lincoln Peak.
6 pm Jimmy Yozell & Friends make an encore appearance at Sugarbush Lincoln Peak for the evening. Keep dancing!
9:15 +/- Fireworks at Sugarbush Lincoln Peak. Arrive early.
Key Features this year:
“Bridging the Gap” is the theme; use it with creativity!
Four-wheel cart for transporting people and goods is sponsored by L.W. Greenwood
Recycling bins by the large dumpster at Warren Store and at Brooks Field for glass, plastic, paper. Sponsored by Casella and Mad River Solid Waste Alliance.
Event Organizer this year, Susan Klein. Doug Bergstein and Allison Duckworth are parade announcers. Spike Brodeur is Float Patrol. Karen Anderson and Audrey Mosley are judge handlers.
Dumpster Dynamo, sponsored by Casella (street cleaners), is Jeremiah McHugh.
Air National Guard fly-by is always hoped for.
Organizer’s Wish List for 2014:
Happy Tail: Please leave your dog at home. You will have a lot more fun than your canine friend, who would be much more comfortable at home.
Clean Streets: There are always spare trash bags in the cans on the street. If you see a full can, feel free to pull out the full bag and replace with an empty bag. If you see trash on the street, consider picking it up and placing in a can.