Spectator FAQ

1. Where can I watch the parade?
Viewing locations along the route are available on a first come, first served basis; however, this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate some holiday cheer to your fellow parade viewers!

Feel free to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on. Show a little extra kindness and courtesy to children and those with limited mobility, stay down in front so those behind you don’t miss seeing their favorite parade entry, and while we all love dogs (especially those dressed up for Christmas), your dog needs to be on a leash and crowd-friendly.

The parade can be viewed from the sidewalk on both sides of the street along the route. (Exception: the sidewalk in front of the new courthouse is closed.) There will be barricades at all intersections along the parade route to keep the audience out of the street and to allow avenues for pedestrian crossing.

There will be a parade marshal at each barricaded intersection to keep these areas clear and to facilitate safe emergency crossing, and there will be a large contingent of uniformed police officers posted throughout the area.

2. Where is parking for the parade?
First and foremost, we cannot stress enough how important carpooling is. Street parking is available on a first come, first served basis. If you park on the street, make sure you obey all posted signage and restrictions and do not block any driveways or alleys. Please do not park in any private parking lots unless you have express permission from the property owner to do so.

There will be no parking along the parade route and on some adjacent side streets beginning at 5:00 a.m. on the day of the parade. There will be signs in place to indicate the restrictions. The Police Department will have vehicles towed on Saturday morning that have not been removed from the street.

Handicap Parking – Designated handicap parking is available in West Depot Parking Lot.

3. What streets are going to be closed on the day of the event?
Please refer to the parade map. The streets along the parade route and some adjacent side streets will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 5:00 a.m. The roads will remain closed until town maintenance crews finish cleaning the route – all streets are expected to be open by 2 p.m.

4. What is the timeline for parade day?
Streets will close and towing will begin at 5:00 a.m. From around 8:00 am-10:30 am participants start arriving in designated time slots (provided via email) to their spots. See the parade map for street/lot closings.

5. Where are restrooms along the parade route?
There will be portable restrooms at various locations around the parade route, including the Rec. Field and Farmers Market Pavilion.

6. Am I allowed to have alcohol at the event?
Use of alcoholic beverages is absolutely prohibited. Disregarding this rule will result in immediate removal from the parade.

7. How do I volunteer to assist with the parade?
Please email us at bedfordmainstreet@gmail.com

8. How will we learn about the winning groups?                                                                               We will tally up the judges points when the event ends and post on the Bedford Main Street Facebook page by the end of the day.

9. Who is the main point of contact for the parade? How do I get in touch with them?
Bedford Main Street is the main point of contact for the parade. They can be reached at 540-586-2148 or at bedfordmainstreet@gmail.com