Marching West via Congress Street, High Street & Park Avenue(stopping at intersection of Mellon Street) turning into Deering Oaks Park.
Join in the fun and help us make the 2013 Pride Parade the best ever!
Due to the size of the Parade and the number of people marching, please make note and understand the line up instructions listed below:
Parade Line Up Instructions
Line Up begins at 10:00 AM
There is no need to "check in" with anyone
Our Insurance carrier will not allow walk up registrations on Saturday morning. You must be registered by close of business on Friday, June 7.
Individuals without identifying signs, banners, or other means of wording may join the Parade at the end or at the invitation of an already registered group. Individuals and/or groups with identifying signs, banners, or other means of wording and NOT registered, WILL NOT be allowed to march.
Line up will still take place on Preble Street and Center Street, facing Congress Street, along with Monument Square.
KEY • "A" is the LEFT Side of PREBLE STREET (Peoples United Bank / Former Public Market)
• "B" is the RIGHT Side of PREBLE STREET (Facing Congress Street) • "C" is the RIGHT Side of CENTER STREET (Facing Time & Temp Building)
• "M" is MONUMENT SQUARE
Number designates order of marching.
Example: A 8, means you are on the Left side of Preble Street, #8 in line.
Please go to the Parade: Marcher Line-up page to find your "Key". Your Parade group must be on Preble or Center Street by 11:30 A.M.. Please, the earlier the better. Vehicles and Floats must be in place by 10:30 A.M.
It is the responsibility of the person in charge of your group to gather all your participants and help the Parade Coordinator by lining up, in the order of the Parade numbering.
Please accommodate the Parade coordinator and other marching groups as requested... Make room and spread out as other groups arrive.
Floats and Vehicles must enter Preble Street from Cumberland Ave and Center Street from Free Street. Park on your designated side (see Parade: Marcher Line-Up page) of Preble and/or Center Street in numerical order.
Float and Vehicle drivers MUST remain with their vehicles at ALL TIMES! Vehicles and Floats must be on Preble Street and Center Street and in line, No later then 10:30 A.M. NOTE: Registered Vehicles and Floats must access Preble Street via Cumberland Ave. and Center Street via Free Street
Once the Parade begins, please pay attention and move forward working your way up to Congress St.
The Parade Coordinator will motion for you to enter Parade route.
PLEASE march/drive at a steady pace. DO NOT let large gaps occur or encroach. Leave at least 2 car lengths in front of you as you march.
There is going to be approx. 1000+ people in the Parade, comprising over 50+ units of marchers and vehicles. Please help us help make YOUR Pride Parade safe and enjoyable for all, organizers, participants and viewers.
Parade participants must submit a completed registration with appropriate fee.
Applicants agree to the following rules and are responsible to inform participants or employees of these rules.
Parade lineup begins at 10:00 A.M. The Parade will begin at Noon, June 15th, 2013. As it is impossible to anticipate every situation that may arise, any conduct that violates any statute of the State of Maine or the ordinance of the City of Portland will not be tolerated. Any person or group violating these will not be allowed to participate in the Parade.
Individuals may participate in the parade without being a paid registrant. Individuals or groups displaying a sign, banner, shirt, etc., that clearly states an affiliation or association must be a paid registrant.
If the above conditions are not met individuals or group will not be allowed to march.
All individuals and groups participating in the Pride Parade agree to abide by all of the rules and regulations described herein.
All submitted registrations must be completed. Failure will result in registration being delayed or denied.
The registration fee(s) must be received by May 31, 2013 to avoid a late charge, after May 31. No registrations will be accepted after June 7, 2013.
Fees are quoted per unit. Registration Fees are non-refundable under any circumstance. Organizations, companies or individuals may sponsor or represent entries with multiple units, but a separate fee will be assessed for each unit. Units not covered by fees paid will not be allowed to proceed down the Parade route and may jeopardize participation by the entire entry.
All vehicles must meet the following criteria and requirements: A “Float” is defined as a motorized unit with decoration or ornamentation, either as a single unit or vehicle with unit in tow. A “Vehicle” is defined as a motorized unit without decoration or ornamentation, two or four wheels and two axles. Vehicles must be able to navigate the Parade route and make all turns required. Vehicle may not be greater than 14 feet in height and no greater than 40 feet in length. Vehicle may not exceed 16 feet in width and wheelbase may not exceed 12 feet in width. Vehicle may not have wheels extend beyond fenders or their protective elements. Vehicle shall show proper registration and proof of insurance upon request. Radiators of all vehicles and floats must remain uncovered to prevent over heating and stalling. All participating vehicles must have proof of current DMV registration, inspection, and insurance, and all drivers must hold a current unrestricted driver’s license.
It is the stated purpose of Southern Maine Pride Parade to promote a positive image of the GLBTQIA community.
Southern Maine Pride requests all vendors and participants to show respect for all genders, ages, races, cultures, faiths, and sexual orientations. Please refrain from actions that would demean any segment of our community. Southern Maine Pride urges all vendors and participants to maintain a high degree of sensitivity to the feelings, values, and views of all others.
Southern Maine Pride encourages all vendors and participants to appear in appropriate and suitable costumes that celebrate Pride. Unity is always the object of the Pride Parade and no entry, presentation or display that is demeaning to any sector of the community will not be allowed or tolerated.
Both serious and comic male and female impersonations are welcome in the Parade providing that such presentations adhere to all rules governing the Parade Dress Code.
Costumes and other apparel worn in the Parade must comply with any Obscenity Statutes of the State of Maine and/or any public decency ordinances of the City of Portland.
Southern Maine Pride does not regulate or censor dress or behavior. However, the City of Portland does.
The Parade Coordinators or Southern Maine Pride may make decisions as to the propriety of attire worn in the Parade.
Conduct of Participants
All participants in the Pride Parade are to conduct themselves in a manner as to promote Pride in the GLBTQIA community. No vendor or participant may use profanity, obscene gestures, or other improper conduct toward another vendor, participant or any spectator of the Parade.
Sexual paraphernalia, genital or phallic representations, real or simulated sexual acts are prohibited.
Units are encouraged to utilize music and participant enthusiasm as part of their entry. Participants may cheer and chant to promote positive response from the spectators. Southern Maine Pride asks all participants to show courtesy to local pedestrians, residents and businesses when lining up, or on the Parade route.
Music volume is to be kept at a minimum until each unit reaches the Parade route.
As freedom of speech is a cherished right in this country, there is always a possibility that there will be persons choosing to protest the Parade. This is a constitutionally protected form of expression, as is having the Parade. All participants are to ignore protestors and not engage in any form of confrontation. As Southern Maine Pride possesses the permit to have the Parade, the GLBTQIA community has always won any such conflict.
Finally, as we are here to celebrate the diversity of our community, we encourage social interaction among participants. Southern Maine Pride wants the Parade to be a fun and educational experience for everyone. As we are creating this event together, we expect all participants to treat each other with respect and good manners.
Inappropriate behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. In the event of behavior deemed disrespectful or inappropriate, a Parade volunteer can call a Pride Parade Coordinator to the scene, who will then determine appropriate action.
Southern Maine Pride, its duly authorized representatives and assigns have the right to remove any company, organization or individual that refuses to abide by the provisions.
All persons participating in the Parade are to be cautious of weather related hazards, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Please be aware of the hazards associated with participating in the Parade. Southern Maine Pride does not assume responsibility for the health and well being of any participants.
All participant floats with motorized, illuminated, or electronic components should have a (type ABC) fire extinguisher and units that do not have one by the start of the Parade may not be allowed to participate in the Parade.
Item Distribution During the Parade
Entries planning Parade “throws” should indicate this on their Parade registration form. Southern Maine Pride reserves the right to deny any item at their discretion.
Any participant discovered throwing items not approved by Southern Maine Pride are subject to clean-up costs and probation from future Parades.
All items approved to be thrown or tossed must be done in a manner that will not cause physical or bodily harm to spectators or surrounding property. Excessive force or speed of an item thrown or tossed will result in the termination of the units right to continue distribution of items.
Condoms or other related items may not be thrown and may not be distributed to any person under the age of 17 years. No sexually explicit or sexually suggestive material may be distributed by any Parade participant.
Items thrown or distributed must have some intrinsic value, providing enticement to be kept, rather than thrown away or tossed to the ground.
Alcohol, Illegal Substances, Medication
No participant in the Pride Parade will be permitted to consume alcohol or use illegally controlled substances before or during the Parade nor at any assembly or disbanding site.
Those under any influence will not be allowed to participate in the Parade, whether it be driving, riding or walking. They will be deemed a spectator by Southern Maine Pride and made responsible for their own actions.
Participants adversely affected or incoherent from medication will also be removed from the Parade and at no time will be allowed to drive, or ride on, or in a unit.
Any participant violating these rules will be withdrawn from the Parade and will be asked to remove their entry from the area.
Rain Out Policy
In the event of extreme weather, including but not limited to rain, Southern Maine Pride reserves the right to cancel the Pride Parade. Notice of cancellation will be posted on its website www.southernmainepride.org.
Registration fees will not be refunded under any circumstance.
Rule Enforcement and Appeal
The above rules and regulations are subject to the interpretation of the Parade Coordinators and will be enforced by Southern Maine Pride and its agents.
Appeal of any decision or interpretation of these rules may be made through the Southern Maine Pride, who will evaluate the request and submit a recommendation to the Parade Coordinators.
Only Southern Maine Pride is authorized to appeal, reinterpret or make exception to the above rules or defined procedures.
The Parade Coordinators and Southern Maine Pride have the right to remove any company, organization or individual for non-compliance of these rules.
Any company, organization or individual removed for non-compliance of these rules shall forfeit any and all fees associated with Parade participation and may affect same day event participation.
Southern Maine Pride retains the right to assess additional repair or clean-up costs to any participant causing damage, generating excessive litter or abandoning refuse.
Southern Maine Pride reserves the right to refuse any registration.
Changes to the Rules and Regulations
All Rules and Regulations are subject to change without notice. In this event, the most current Rules and Regulations will be posted via the Southern Maine Pride website and general notification will be made within 48 hours of said changes.
27th Annual Southern Maine Pride • Saturday, June 15, 2013 Begins at 12:00pm (Noon) Monument Square, Portland Maine (C)2011 Website maintained by Proactive Resources Design Inc.