|Posted by Karl Broom on November 29, 2017 at 7:40 PM|
Final 47th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade Information
NOTE: As of this publication, the organizers of the event, The Campagna Center, have not distributed this year’s instructions. These are last year’s instructions which should be substantially the same for this year. We will distribute updated information if and when we hear from The Campagna Center before the start of the event. Thank you in advance for your patience.
The 47th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade is at hand! As a member of the Airedale Terrier Club of Metropolitan Washington, DC (“ATCMW”;), Airedale Terrier Rescue of the Virginias (“ATRVA”;), or just an Airedale lover, we want to extend a warm welcome to you and hope you will join us for the parade. Please read on for important event information.
WHAT: Members of the ATCMW and ATRVA will be parading with other groups filled with the magnificent tartans of Scottish Clans, the stirring sound of Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, reenactment groups, Scottie dogs (that’s us but perhaps better described as dogs from the United Kingdom and Ireland), dignitaries, classic cars, Santa Claus, and much more. All dog breeds (pure and mixed breeds) originating in the British Isles and their handlers are invited to participate. It is a great chance for your Airedale to strut his/her stuff, do a few tricks, get pats from kids, and inspect open bags for treats along the parade route.
WHERE: The parade begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The parade will take place rain or shine. Please see the attached parade map for the parade route.
WHEN: Saturday, December 2, 2017. The parade starts at 11:00 AM and groups are asked to be in place by 10:00 AM. Realistically, you can arrive between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM, but parking and getting to the staging area will become more difficult approaching start time. Look for members Wilder Leavitt, Mary Morningstar and their Airedale Juno who will be in place by 9:30 AM.
WHO: All ATCMW members, ATRVA members, friends of the ATCMW and ATRVA, and of course, Airedale terriers (pure and mixed breeds) are invited to participate.
STAGING AREA: The staging area for the ATCMW is E Block. This is the 400 block of South Pitt Street between Wolfe Street and Wilkes Street. Wilder Leavitt will check in with event organizers early on Saturday and receive our group’s exact placement in the staging area.
PARKING: Parking is available in garages at Market Square and on Union Street or S. Pitt Street if you are arriving before 9:00 AM. There is also limited street parking. We recommend you arrive early!
FESTIVE ATTIRE: The parade organizers request all those marching to dress in traditional Scottish or festive holiday attire, but please do NOT dress as a Santa character. Santa appears at the end of the parade as part of the program for children. Airedale marchers will look more like a “group” if everyone can wear black and tan attire.
BANNER: Wilder will be bringing the ATCMW banner to the event and we will carry it at the head of our group during the parade. We would like two volunteers who will not be handling a dog to carry the banner. If you would like to be a banner bearer, please notify Wilder Leavitt at [email protected]l.com or notify Wilder or Mary during the parade staging period.
RUFFS: Member Jeanne Esmond has created and supplied a number of ruffs for wear by our Airedales during the parade. Members Wilder Leavitt and Mary Morningstar will have the ruffs and will hand them out on a first come, first served basis at the Staging Area. They will also collect the ruffs at the end of the parade so we can use them again in the future. Please be sure to return the ruffs to Wilder or Mary as soon as we finish the parade.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Please feel free to photograph members and their Airedales and share them with the group. Any suitable photos sent to the ATCMW will be posted on our Facebook wall and the ATCMW website. Please send all photos to Wilder Leavitt who will make sure they are publicized. Please include any captioning you would like to be included when published. Wilder’s email is [email protected]
POST PARADE PARTY: This year we have an invitation from Cathy Biersack to join her at her home for a pizza party after the parade! Please see the invitation on our website or ask a member during the parade for information. Thanks, Cathy!
QUESTIONS?: Any questions should be directed to Wilder Leavitt at (301) 493-6164 or [email protected]