54th Annual Oak Bay Tea Party Parade
Saturday, June 4, 2016
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).
There will not be a Mad Hatter Fun Run before the parade this year. We thank St. Patrick's School for organizing the event in past years. The Oak Bay Tea Party welcomes Mena Westhaver and the Sole Sisters who will be taking over organizing the Mad Hatter Fun Run in 2017!
Now, back to the Parade. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories:
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 4, 2016 at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue. All entries must be submitted by no later than May 31, 2016. 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. Thank you, and thanks again to our volunteer parade marshall, RICK HAWES. Any questions about the parade, call Rick Hawes at 250-598-7798.
2016 OAK BAY TEA PARTY PARADE WINNERS:
1st Prize: Victoria Gymnastics
2nd Prize: Island Hoppers
3rd Prize: Kiowa Farm and Children’s Centre
High School Marching Bands:
1st Prize: Oak Bay High School
2nd Prize: Spectrum Secondary School
3rd Prize: Reynolds Community School
1st Prize: Western Command Military Vehicles
2nd Prize: Shooting Star Amusements
3rd Prize: Oak Bay News
1st Prize: Victoria Historical Fire Dept.
2nd Prize: Victoria Shriners
3rd Prize: Oak Bay Recreation
1st Prize: Oak Bay Marine Group
2nd Prize: Adrenaline Zipline
3rd Prize: Men in Kilts
NOTICE TO ALL PARADE PARTICIPANTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
If you missed the SHAW broadcast of the Tea Party Parade on June 7 & 11, you can find it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4C0v8xGPP0&noredirect=1.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS, THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN 2017!
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.
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: