Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hutto Centennial PARADE

Yes.  I said PARADE.  I am now in charge of organizing a Centennial Parade for the city of Hutto.

First, let me start by saying that I am on the Hutto Historical Preservation Commission.  We formed the 1911 Foundation to raise money for historic preservation projects in the city and to put on the Hutto Centennial Celebration July 15-17.  There are many events scheduled for the weekend including a parade on Saturday morning.

(If you want to see what is going on, go to www.hutto100.com.  There is an ice cream social...free ice cream for first 100...movie in the park on Friday night.  Saturday, there will be a hot air balloon launch, breakfast at that event, parade across town, then a big festival with crafts, carnival rides, music and a huge concert that evening in Fritz Park.  Tickets are $10 at Sarah's Texas Pantry, $12 online, or $15 at the gate.  Then Sunday there is a community church service.  There end to the plug for the event...although, I reserve the right to post again, especially about the bands at a later date!)

So, here is what happened....I was happy helping everyone else and not being in charge of anything...it's hard with a 4 & almost 2 year old and hubby with a very crazy schedule.  I was at a Centennial planning meeting and someone said they had too much on their plate and could not plan the parade.  What did I so, I volunteered to take it on....why?  Torture?  I felt bad I had not done all that much.

Little did I know why this person had given it up....so much to do, she had really done nothing.  I had roughly 2 months to get this done.  OUCH!!

I was given a rather large parade permit packet to fill out and turn in to the city for the permit.  Let me say, I've been doing things for this almost every day...emails, phone calls....Plus, taking care of the boys.  I lost track of days and thought it was was one day and it was actually another....the packet was a day late...argh!  This means that it now has to go in front of the City Council to be approved.  Now I am trying to get approval from city departments, get entries, plan the route, get permission to use certain parking lots and the list goes on....

Needless to say, this is taking over my free time...which is difficult with a 4 and almost 2 year old.  In between all of the emails & phone calls, I'm still trying to go to boot camp M/W/F at 5:30 AM and walk/run on other mornings!  I lost some walking/running time due to sickness over the weekend...but I got 4.25 miles in this week...longest distance so far.

Anyway, back to the parade....we are 12 entries with the possibility of some Model A & T cars (who knows how many right now?).  Still trying to get a band or even part of a band!  We do have the Chick-fil-a cow!!

As I was writing this, I received an email....Spike from the RR Express with be in the parade!!!

It is starting to come together!!!  now I just have to have permission to use a parking lot for staging, get barricades reserved from public works & turn the permit application back in....hoping for tomorrow.  Then to a city council meeting for final approval.  Might be looking for someone to come watch the boys for me depending on which Thursday it is.

I have to finish a letter to be given to the residents along the parade route, then actually go up & down the street and give the letter to all residents.  Thanks to an awesome friend, Kendra, who offered to help me with this!!

Next, to figure out logistics...order of entries...sending out final emails with instructions....publicize the route so people will be there to see the parade....I will figure all that out in July (entries are due by June 30).

If you know of a group or are part of a group who would be interested in participating in the parade...send me an email to hutto100parade@gmail.com & I can send you information.  It's free to enter and a great way to publicize your group!  We are still looking for a band!!  Our theme is Hutto: Past, Present & Future!, but you don't have to be from Hutto to be in the parade!!  We would love to have you!

As a side note:  at some point in the next few weeks, I have to start planning and send out invites for a birthday party for Liam.  I have to figure out when to have it....his birthday is on the 20th and we leave the around the 31 for a trip....argh...very limited time with the centennial....forget about my birthday....I refuse to have it this year! ;)


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