Our “float” is just a moving bandstand for the 9 Dixieland musicians and their Irish songs. The Rotarians stroll alongside the band, displaying our Rotary banner. We are part of the Naples Daily News entry in the parade, (so we don’t have to pay the $ 400 fee to participate). The Dixieland band is provided by the Naples Jazz Society. Our club makes the band’s float possible, and buys coffee/doughnuts/food for our own participants.
Bill Jones (cell 571-3504) is providing (and driving) the float. Joel Miller’s place is the starting point — and we’ll decorate the float there at 9 am, and leave Joel’s place at 10 am. His address is 863 9th Avenue South, which is at 9th Avenue South and 9th Street South. PARK YOUR CAR AT THE LOT ONE BLOCK SOUTHEAST OF THE NORRIS CENTER (CAMBIER PARK), WALK THROUGH THE BUSHES AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE PARKING LOT, INTO THE ALLEY, AND YOU’LL SEE JOEL’S GARAGE/DRIVEWAY AND THE FLOAT. COME EARLY TO GET A PARKING PLACE. If you come late and miss preparing the float, you could walk over to St Ann’s Church and find our float near 11th Avenue South and 4th Street. Or you could just join us by stepping into the parade at any point. The parade returns us to Joel’s place and the parking lot…
We have not been given instructions yet, but I’d guess that our float will be positioned in front of the Naples Daily News float, and this might be around 4th Street and 11th Avenue South. They might want us to be in position there by 10:30, with the parade starting to move at 11:00 am. I’d predict that our part of the parade will start moving at 11:15-11:30, and we’ll finish the parade during the noon-hour. These are just guesses, but I’ve been in most of their 40 parades. Hopefully the weather will be good !
Joel Miller will have coffee and doughnuts, and maybe bottled water. After the parade, he usually grills things around his pool/patio, with beverages.