Gaspee Days Parade Tips for Spectators


In order to accommodate the parade lineup and staging, roads close at 9:00 AM and will not reopen until 1:00 PM after the conclusion of the parade. Although the parade steps off at 10:00 AM sharp, it may take a longer time to reach wherever you depending on how far from the staging area you choose to sit.

Our biggest concern is the safety of all those in attendance at the parade including audience and participants. For this reason, please utilize the information below to educate yourself on best practices at the event so all may have a fun and safe experience at the Gaspee Days Parade.

Please no not approach, or allow your children to approach, into the Parade Route anywhere near a moving vehicle, float, or parade group. Drivers of these vehicles often cannot see people nearby their float or vehicle. Musical groups need to focus on their music and march and cannot always see people around them. Military reenactment groups often carry dangerous equipment with them.

Please make the effort to control your children at all times. We fear that children may run out into the Parkway and be injured by Parade vehicles. Ensure that your kids understand that they must stay next to you at all times before, during, and after the Parade. Lost children are always a potential problem in any crowded area. If you have children with you, have a plan of what to do if you become separated from your child, and discuss this with them ahead of time. Uniformed policemen are stationed periodically along the Parade route for your assistance if necessary.

To ease boredom prior to the Parade, bring coloring books, games, or some other such time filler. Be aware that some adults carry coolers and cigarettes at head level to a child. Young skin is very sensitive to the sun, so carry along sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. If you are supervising a child, please do not drink alcohol. Open containers of alcoholic beverages in public areas are illegal in both Warwick and Cranston. Please be considerate of our environment and take the trash left around you, home with you.

Please do not throw objects at or into the path of our Parade participants. Poppers can injure people if thrown into the face, and show disrespect to people who have traveled great distances to march in our parade. Silly string is outlawed by city ordinance, and can ruin expensive uniforms on marchers, and damage paint on vehicles. Firecrackers and sparklers are both dangerous and illegal.

Pets should be left at home; animals may get overexcited by the crowds and noise and may become a danger to others and themselves. Heat can overheat dogs who lack the ability to regulate temperature.

Please do not allow persons on bicycles, skateboards, or roller blades onto the parade route. They are dangerous for both our parade participants and the audience along the sides of the parade route.

If your house is situated along the parade route, and it will be a hot and humid Parade day, we ask that you consider running a garden hose out to the Parkway for the use of overheated people. Limit abuse of the hose by opening the tap so that only a slow stream of water comes out.  Even a small trickle of cold water can rapidly cool down an overheated person. If you encounter persons suffering heat related illness, please offer the brief use of an air-conditioned car if you have one parked in your driveway. This is one of the quickest ways to cool down a person with heat illness. Of course, you may have to run the car with the A/C on for a few minutes before putting the person in to cool down. This time can be used to assess the person, offer them cold water to drink, and have the hose water cool them off. Further information on treating heat related illness can be found at http://www.dea.ri.gov/documents/2011%20Heat_Wave_Safety_Tips.pdf Of course, it may be necessary to call 911 if there is a true medical emergency.  Inform the 911 dispatcher about the parade and that it may be best for the rescue vehicle to approach via the side roads.

If your house is located along the parade staging/line-up area on Narragansett Parkway between Warwick Avenue and Spring Green, you will not be able to drive your vehicle directly to or from your house between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM on the day of the Parade. Please inform us ahead of time at 401-781-1772 if diesel fumes from some parade vehicles parked outside your house would seriously affect any members of your household. For people that park nearby the parade route, please understand that you will not be able to drive out of the area via Narragansett Parkway or Broad Street until well after the end of parade has passed.

Be aware that attendance at any Gaspee Days event may involve incidental photography of attendees, performers, and participants.

The Gaspee Days Committee sincerely appreciates your patience with the festivities throughout the years. No Parade runs smoothly without the combination of a lot of planning, dedication, hard work, and luck. So, laugh with us, join in the fun, and help us relive America’s First Blow for Freedom.TM