Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Special Events Parade Float planning moves to next phase

With funding in hand from the Prince Rupert Port Authority the Prince Rupert Special Events Society is hopeful that in short order the city will soon have a shiny new parade float to send around from community to community.

The float to serve as a helpful reminder to others in the Northwest and in Alaska as to the opportunities available to visitors to Prince Rupert.

The first phase of float construction recently came to an end, with the deadline for proposals closing on March 18th.

Next up will be the consideration of the proposal and notification to the successful applicant, anticipated to be on March 22nd.

The chosen option will have a very short time frame to bring concept to reality, as the Special Events Society would like to have the float ready for action by May 28th.

The Society outlined some background on its vision for a parade float, with a fairly extensive prospectus posted to their website.

Among some of their key requirements.

Must depict the City of Prince Rupert and aspects of the North Coast

Should not be designed to include people

Float may not be greater than 14 feet high, 20 feet long or 8 feet wide

Able to be mounted on an 8.5 x 20 ft flat deck trailer

Must be able to be fully dismantled and reassembled by 1-3 people

Must be sturdy, stable and made from good quality materials

Able to withstand long distance highway travel and ferry transportation

Built to last a minimum of five years

The Special Events Society outlined some of their wishes for the parade float project (as well as developments and plans for the year ahead) at their recent appearance at Prince Rupert City Council.

City Council Timeline February 25, 2013 (audio from 18 minutes to 39 minutes )

It is hoped that the float will be able to make its debut at Prince Rupert's Seafest Parade in June, the first long distance trip would come up for the July 4th celebrations in Ketchkian, with other Northwest BC destinations to follow through the summer.

More information on the work of the Special Events Society can be found here.

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