The Gaspee Day Committee hosts the Annual Gaspee Days Parade on the second Saturday in June as part of its annual celebration. The purpose of the parade is to commemorate the burning of the HMS Gaspee in 1772, while at the same time, providing entertainment to the public.
The parade is composed of the following groups and individuals, all of who are invited to participate.
The final composition of the parade (participants and line-up) are left up to the discretion of the current parade chairperson. The parade chairperson has the right to refuse anyone for inclusion in the parade.
This is a rain or shine parade. Only in extreme weather circumstances will the parade be cancelled. In the event the parade is cancelled, an announcement will be placed on the Gaspee Phone Line: (401) 781-1772 by 6:00 AM the morning of the parade. This information may also be found on Facebook, Twitter or Gaspee.com. Efforts will be made to personally contact each group marching in the parade. Announcements will also be made on local TV channels.
If any participants are at the Encampment in Pawtuxet Park before the parade, there will be two shuttle buses available at 8:45 a.m. to take them to the parade staging area.
Shuttle buses will park in the designated parking area at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet parking lot and will be available at the parade end to return parade participants back to the parking lots near the staging area. Shuttle buses will depart when full.
Please note: There will be no shuttle buses going from Rhodes on the Pawtuxet to the staging area prior to the parade. Buses will only be available after the parade to return people to staging area.
Buses transporting participants can drop off their group at either the John Brown Francis parking lot or the Pilgrim High School lot. No buses can drop off at the staging area. DUE TO OUR ANNUAL ROAD RACE BEFORE THE PARADE, we ask that all participant buses please wait in the Pilgrim High School lot until 10:00 a.m. At promptly 10 a.m., please follow the directions below:
Directions to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet from Warwick Avenue - Follow Warwick Ave to Park Ave. Take a right onto Park Ave. to Broad St. Take a right on Broad St. and then a right onto Lockwood St. where they will be able to turn around in the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet parking lot and go back up Lockwood St., then take a left on Broad St. and park on either side of the street facing away from parade route. Group members can meet the bus there after parade.
IN ORDER FOR PARTICIPANT BUSES TO BE ABLE TO TURN AROUND IN THE RHODES ON THE PAWTUXET AND GET BACK ON THE STREET FACING OUT, YOU MUST ACCOMPLISH THIS BY 10:30 A.M.
The parade check-in and staging area is along Narragansett Parkway east of Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI. You may get information from any Gaspee Days Committee member in a red polo shirt. Your group is expected to be in place along the parade route at 9:00 A.M. All floats and other vehicles must be in position no later than 9:00 AM. It is likely that units arriving late will not be able to be placed in the parade.
In general, marching groups line up on the South side of Narragansett Parkway (even numbered houses), while floats and tow vehicles line up on the North side (odd numbered houses). Support vehicles are not allowed into the parade unless towing a float or cannon, etc. This will be enforced.
ALL FLOATS AND TOW VEHICLES ARE ASKED TO ENTER THE PARADE ROUTE VIA WARWICK AVENUE TURNING DOWN NARRAGANSETT PARKWAY. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REACH YOUR DIVISION VIA ANY SIDES STREETS.
The leader of each participating group must check in directly with their assigned Division Coordinator along the parade line-up area. If your group is under contract, get an acknowledgment receipt from your Division Coordinator. Please see included line-up that will tell you what Division and Division Coordinator to report to. Please bear in mind that this line up may change up until parade kickoff.
We strive to give musical groups enough separation to play their music free from interference by other musical groups. We accomplish this by carefully planning each group's position in the parade, and by using various non-musical "filler" groups or floats to provide adequate spacing. The parade is, however, a dynamic event that requires much last-minute adjustment. We will do our best to accommodate all groups.