Parade

56th Annual Oak Bay Tea Party Parade

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Tea Party Parade is an Oak Bay tradition. Beginning on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Windsor Park, the parade winds through the streets of Oak Bay, ending at Willows Park about 45 minutes later (see parade map).

Trophies will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Children's Group

  • Group Entries

  • Marching Band

  • Community Float

  • Commercial Float

Winning entries will be announced shortly after the parade during the Opening Ceremonies of the Tea Party at 12:30 p.m. in Willows Park, so please ensure that your entry is represented. 

Application Forms and information sheets available April 16, 2018 at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue. All entries must be submitted by no later than May 29, 2018. Downloads are available here of the Entry Form, Parade Rules, and Parade Route.

There is a $50.00 entry fee for Commercial entries, Community entries no fee. Please enclose a cheque made out to: Oak Bay Tea Party Society and mail it along with your completed and signed entry form to the address indicated at the bottom of the entry form. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: The Oak Bay Tea Party, in keeping with our "green" initiative, is going balloon-free, and we ask all parade participants to do the same.  There will be a new judging category this year:  "BEST DECORATED FLOAT WITHOUT BALLOONS".  Let's see how creative we can be decorating without balloons!!

Any questions about the parade, please email John Flatman at oakbayteapartyparade@gmail.com or by phone at 250-508-2722.

Thank you to all of the 2017 Tea Party Parade participants and congratulations to the winners...great job everyone and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

2017 OAK BAY TEA PARTY PARADE WINNERS:

Children’s Groups

1. Oak Bay Preschool
2. Ross Bay Preschool
3. Ecole Willows 

Group Entries

1. Western Command
2. David Suziki Foundation Butterflyway Project
3. Tour de Rock

Community Float

1. Oak Bay Recreation
2. Oak Bay Marine Group
3. Victoria Shrine Clowns

 Commercial Float

1. Engles and Volker
2. Threshold Housing
3. Playful Pencil Art Studio

 High School Marching Bands

1. Spectrum Community School
2. Oak Bay High School
3. Reynolds Secondary School

A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND DURING THE PARADE TO ENSURE THIS COMMUNITY EVENT IS ENJOYED BY EVERYONE:

Do not stop at Willows Beach. Oak Bay Police have directed that parade entrants are not allowed to stop along Beach Avenue. Vehicles must return to Windsor Park to disembark passengers. Groups with small children walking may disperse along one of the side streets past Willows Beach as directed by police. Do not stop on Beach Avenue.

Safety first  All entry equipment must be in good working order and participants must conduct themselves in a safe manner.

Clean up your mess  Parade entries that include animals must clean up immediately after waste production occurs. Other rubbish should collected and taken with you.

Do not delay the parade flow. Maintain your speed and distance between your group and the entry in front of you. If you stop to perform for the crowd, you must be brief and catch up with the entry in front of you before stopping again. Large gaps in the parade are detrimental to the enjoyment of viewing the parade. Entries causing large gaps in the parade will not be invited back.

Vehicles and entries must be decorated. People remember and speak positively about those entries that are well decorated. This is about giving something special to the community.

Do not throw candy. If you have candy for the children lining the streets, you must have someone in your group take the candy to the side of the road to distribute. Participants must follow directions - provided by police, tea party security and parade marshals along the parade route.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND HAVE FUN!!!!

Any group not at the Opening Ceremonies to receive their awards, please contact the Parade Marshall, Rick Hawes at 250-598-7798.

 For ease of Parade Marshalling, please see:

 

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