The McPherson County All Schools Day ASD committee is accepting parade registrations at the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau, 306 N. Main St., McPherson.
While it may seem like a lot of time and money to build a float to be used for just one parade, the CVB is offering some incentives to help people get involved.
“We are offering $150 seed money to get you started on your float, and then up to $400 can be reimbursed when you turn in receipts,” CVB Director Anne Hassler said at an All Schools Day information meeting Tuesday evening.
Categories that qualify for incentive money are the following:
n Preschool and kindergarten
n Town and miscellaneous, such as adult clubs and recreational organizations
n Youth organizations
When a group officially registers to participate, they are automatically eligible for the $150, which can be picked up at the CVB. After the float is built, an additional $250 can be reimbursed based on the receipts turned in. Organizations will have two weeks after the parade to turn in receipts for reimbursement. The money can only be reimbursed for supplies to build the float, not costumes or candy.
“We recommend you register online,” Hassler said. “That way we have everything we need to turn in for the program.”
In addition to the incentive money, prize money is available to win for any float in the parade. For each of the following categories, the winning float will receive $150:
Peoples’ Choice Award
Best Use of Theme
The Best Commercial entry will receive a traveling trophy.
Winners will be posted by 5 p.m. the day of the parade at the Chamber of Commerce, 306 N. Main St., McPherson. Winners will also be featured in the McPherson Sentinel, KNGL/KBBE radio station and on the All Schools Day website.
This year PrairieLand Partners has volunteered to provide vehicles to pull floats in the parade free of charge. TO reserve a vehicle call 620-241-3553.
Each year for 102 years, people have swarmed McPherson to enjoy the All Schools Day festivities. It’s estimated that nearly 35,000 people come to see the parade each year. Designing a float could leave a lasting impression for years to come. Especially with the addition of this year’s textable Peoples’ Choice Award for the most popular float chosen by the people viewing it. People will be able to text the number of the float they would like to win the Peoples’ Choice Award, to 620-798-7877 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of the parade.
Registrations will be accepted through May 6, though only those register by noon Thursday, April 2 will be listed in the official ASD program. For more information on parade specifics or to register visit www.allschoolsday.com. Questions should be directed to the CVB at 620-241-3340.
The 102nd All Schools Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8. This year’s theme is #ASD2015: Bringing Friends Together.
“It’s a great way to have fun and get to know other people,” Hassler said.