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June 23, 2010 

Attention: AMSC Members – Please distribute to all appropriate personnel

Parade Risk Management

Everybody loves a parade on a warm summer day. Local groups join together to assemble floats, bands, performers and animal groups. Here are some risk control tips to help ensure parades are safe events.

  • Have crowd control personnel and emergency services on hand (police, fire services, ambulance services).
  • Utilize sanitation crews to clean up after the parade.
  • Establish a parade route that takes into account all traffic detours and street blockades, assembly and dispersal areas for set up at the beginning and end.
  • Avoid overpasses, excavation or construction work as well as streets with odd turns, those that are narrow and/or have extreme upgrades/downgrades.
  • Distribute the route to municipal officials, emergency services and parade participants.
  • Assign unit captains to accompany parade units through the parade route to handle any problems/breakdowns/emergencies (equip them with 2 way radios or cell phones).
  • Ensure adequate space in assembly and disassembly areas (beginning and end of parade route).
  • Obtain certificates of insurance on all vehicles.
  • Ensure drivers/operators participating in parades have adequate experience and qualifications to be in the parade.
  • Do not allow operators to drink and drive.
  • Adequate supervision should be available if there are large groups of children (i.e. boy/girl scouts) participating in the parade.
  • Ensure sufficient room has been allotted to accommodate spectators.
  • Establish secure locations of all grandstands, judging platforms, television stands, first aid stations, emergency tow vehicles and ambulances.
  • Examine float heights to ensure they meet the height requirements necessary and don’t hit low hanging lights.
  • Ensure float decorations do not obscure the driver’s view of the road and that drivers/operators can hear verbal instructions.
  • Prohibit traffic from driving down streets where crowds have gathered to watch.
  • Ensure animals participating in the parade are well-trained, calm and adequately supervised. Animal groups should be separated from children on motorized quads or bikes, so as to avoid the potential of startling the animals.
  • Consider establishing guidelines about what can be thrown from floats. (i.e. small prizes/food), and urge those throwing them to use caution, or better still to have walkers hand them out to the children.

For more information on Risk Management for a no-obligation Comprehensive Service Proposal please contact Will Burtenshaw by telephone at 310-AUMA (2862) or via e-mail at

Thank you,

Samantha Garcia
Executive Officer, Risk & Energy Services
Will Burtenshaw, CAIB CIP CRM
Senior Director, Risk Claims and Other Services


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