To kick-off to our 2014 season, Kidical Mass Tacoma will be participating in the 53rd annual Junior Daffodil Parade on Saturday, April 12. While we typically ride in the streets with traffic, this non-motorized parade is a mere four blocks long and will give even the youngest riders a chance to show off their cycle skills.
We will be riding at a walking pace, showcasing all the ways that kids and parents ride on Tacoma's streets - trailers, trailer-bikes, cargobikes, kid seats and two wheelers. (Training wheels and coasting bikes are even ok for the parade.) Bike bells, noise-makers, and costumes are encouraged. The theme of the parade is Ready, Set, Grow!
Plus, it's televised! TV Tacoma will be broadcasting the event and also rebroadcasting afterwards, so this is your opportunity to ride bikes on tee-vee.
Here are the details:
The parade starts at 10am in Tacoma's Proctor District. We are position number D-4 and will be staging at the east end of the Mason Middle School track near N 28th and Monroe Street (the yellow bit on this map.)
We will begin staging around 9:30am so we can decorate bikes with our allocation of daffodils. We must be in position on the field, ready to roll, no later than 10:20am. Helmets are required for all riders. Parents, you are welcome to walk or ride with your kids, but you must remain with them at all times.
Here's the parade route:
We finish at the Wheelock Library parking lot and will disband after that. We'll have a snack at the finish for all participants.
Due to street closures several blocks around the parade route, I highly recommend walking/riding to the Proctor neighborhood. If you are driving in, plan on parking at least 4-5 blocks away in the neighborhood. Here are the details about parking from the parade organizers:
Questions? Comments? Great ideas? Please leave a comment below or email kidicalmasstacoma(at) gmail.com. See you there!
UPDATE: Read more about the parade in The News Tribune.