What is the parade route and how long is it?
The parade begins at Manatee High School at the corner of 9th Avenue West and 30th Street West. The total route is 2.5 miles.
Where is staging?
Staging is at Manatee High School located at 902 33rd St Ct W, Bradenton, FL 34205. ALL ENTRIES SHOULD ENTER THE HIGH SCHOOL AT THE CORNER OF 9TH AVE WEST AND 35TH STREET. We will have staff there to direct you to your staging location.
What time should we arrive?
You can drop your float off beginning at 9:00am on the day of the parade, we will have staff on hand all day to make sure it is secure, you do not have to stay with it, although we don't recommend leaving beads or other valuables on the float until you arrive. All floats must be in the staging area no later than 3pm.
When will I know my staging location?
Due to the number of entries and the complexity of the staging process, we will not know your staging location until Wednesday, April 25, 2018. At that time it will be posted on this website.
I have beads and supplies to load on my float, can I drive into the staging area to get close to my float?
No private vehicles will be allowed in the staging area after 4:00pm. If you need to drop off supplies, or beads, please do so BEFORE 4:00pm - the staging area becomes too crowded after that and you will not be able to get through to your float.
Where can I park?
You may park your car in the vacant lots at 35th Street and 11th Avenue. You may not park in the high school parking lot.... you will be immediately towed. Remember, the parade does not return to the high school, so you will need to leave another car at the end of the parade.
At Parade End.....
Where does the parade end?
The floats will unload their passengers on Manatee Avenue between US301 (First Street), and 9th Street. Typically floats will stop around 3rd or 4th street to unload. The parking lot at the Manatee County School Board building is a good place to meet your riders.
IF YOU ARE ARE KREWE AND HAVE PURCHASED A HOSTING PACKAGE, your float will take you back to the Marriott Hotel.