Sunday, March 10, 2019
THEME: Be Inspired: Martin City’s Entrepreneurial Spirit
The very first Martin City parade in 1987 consisted of four Martin City business owners who grabbed their friends, hopped in two cars and a horse & buggy, and held an impromptu St. Patrick’s “parade” down 135th Street.
The parade still takes place today on 135th street, and over the years, it’s become an inspiring showcase of more than 60+ businesses, dance teams, schools, car clubs, dignitaries, animal groups, and more. This year, we’re excited to have the founder of the Martin City Brewing Company, Matt Moore, kicking off the parade as our official Grand Marshall!
Parade entries are strongly encouraged to tailor their entry to the parade theme, “Be Inspired: Martin City’s Entrepreneurial Spirit,” showcasing the entrepreneurs and business owners behind the company or brand, or incorporating inspirational displays of how the company was started, how long they’ve been in business, something they’ve achieved, accomplished, or are working toward, something funny about the business, the people in the organization, or any entrepreneur-inspired ideas you can think of!
There are NO entry fees to participate in the parade!
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
- 1st Place- Best of Parade – $600
- 2nd Place – $300
- 3rd Place – $100
- Most Humorous – Bragging rights
- Honorable Mention – Bragging rights
What Happens on parade day?
Parade entries will begin staging at 12:30 p.m. on Washington Street adjacent to the State Line Point Shopping Center. The parade begins at 2:00 PM departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center at Washington Street and 135th Street and proceeds east down 135th Street to Holmes Road. It ends around 4:00 p.m.
The parade route and other adjacent streets will be closed for the safety of parade attendees and entries. On-street parking along 135th Street will not be available from midnight March 9, 2019, through 5:00 p.m. on the day of the parade. Please mark this date on your calendar so you can make appropriate plans!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Organizers ask that candy not be thrown during the parade but it can be handed out by participants on foot.
ST. PATRICK’S PARADE HOSTS AND SPONSORS
Sponsorship opportunities are available!
The Martin City parade is a great opportunity to showcase your company in front of thousands of people, especially since the theme is about entrepreneurs! Please contact the Martin City Business Community Association to learn more about sponsorship packages. 816-228-8000 or email@example.com