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  • #1673

    It's official folks, Disciples Of Dirt will be in the Eugene Celebration parade! Please put it in your calendar for August 25. Parade starts moving at 10. We'll start gathering at 8:33.

    MJW is leading the charge, so to speak, has done all the work thus far, but would appreciate some help in getting things fully planned and organized. We can go big…or simple. If we could get two or three folks to help MJW it would be super appreciated. Contact me at ireman_1"at"yahoo"dot"com and we'll get everyone connected. We need to move on this quickly, but it really shouldn't take too much time to get it planned/implemented…it would be good to have our plan established and implementation started in the next two weeks.

    Also, even if you are not able/willing to help with the planning please do plan on being *in* the parade. We'll need a good showing of lots of mountain bikers.

    Brock…

    It's official folks, Disciples Of Dirt will be in the Eugene Celebration parade! Please put it in your calendar for August 25. Parade starts moving at 10. We'll start gathering at 8:33.

    MJW is leading the charge, so to speak, has done all the work thus far, but would appreciate some help in getting things fully planned and organized. We can go big…or simple. If we could get two or three folks to help MJW it would be super appreciated. Contact me at ireman_1"at"yahoo"dot"com and we'll get everyone connected. We need to move on this quickly, but it really shouldn't take too much time to get it planned/implemented…it would be good to have our plan established and implementation started in the next two weeks.

    Also, even if you are not able/willing to help with the planning please do plan on being *in* the parade. We'll need a good showing of lots of mountain bikers.

    Brock…

    Let us ride!

  • #5581

    MJW

    Thanks Brock and everyone else for your enthusiasm  – now let's get some brains storming! How about a short planning meeting for those so inclined, say Thursday the 26, say 7:00, say, oh, I don't know, somebody else pick a spot…

  • #5585

    slowleego

    How about the Ninkasi Tasting Room for the meeting place? THey like us, and we like them.

    Some parade ideas.

    Have Brock jump his bike off a flatbed truck as it rolls along the route.(gives the EMT's someone to practice on)

    Have a line of folks with trail tools doing drill team actions. "right shoulder Mcloud" etc. etc.

    Have a line of riders doing intricate riding rountines like the Shriners in their parades. 

    Give away DOD stickers to the kids along the route.

    Throw a few rolled-up T-shirts into the crowd. (new shirts, not the ones on your backs)

  • #5594

    MJW

    7:00 Thursday, July 23rd at the Ninkasi tasting room. Be there or be somewhere else. 

    Fabulous suggestions Lee. There is a rule against handing schwag out to the crowd, though. They appear to be serious about this. I did put on the application that I thought we wouldn't be fielding a motorized vehicle or live music (paging Fret Boys and Dirtclodfight…), but I assume this can be changed if we decide we want to go big. I figured tools, bikes, humans, DoD banner at a minimum and anything else we can pull off is awesome. Parade ground marching drills? Heck yeah! Costumes? Any combination of trailbuilding attire with riding attire should suffice. Shriner fezes (sic) would be a nice addition. 

    If we get enough people maybe we can just bed in some singletrack down the length of the parade route. I just got a clinometer I've been itching to try out…

    We can also make and carry signs if we want. Like maybe: 

    Outlaw bikes and only outlaws will ride bikes.

    Mountain bikes don't kill trails – people (and horses) do.

    Let us ride!

    Will shred for food.

    You get the idea.

    See you the 23rd.

  • #5642

    MJW

    Just a quick reminder that we're meeting tomorrow, Thursday the 26th, at 7 PM in Ninkasi's tasting room to talk up down and around our Parade entry. The more the hairier!

    • #5643

      slowleego

      Hopefully a few mugs will show up!

  • #5649

    slowleego

    The planning commitee saw three members. Deb, MJW and slow-Lee. We reviewed what the organizers are and are not looking for from the group. Decided we will have two folks carrying a DOD banner out front, a few folks carrying various trail tools, a few folks carrying signs touting various positive mtn. biking slogans and a few folks riding around on mtn. bikes. Please throw in any ideas for sign slogans you like, and ideas for sign construction. I will contact Lifecycle bike shop to see if we can use their floor space for building signs the week before the event.

     

  • #5781

    MJW

    All right people – we have about two weeks to the Parade so it's time to put together the pieces. 

    What we've decided to focus on is the fact that we are providing a visual example of fun and responsible mountain biking and trail stewardship to the community at large – a significant portion of which currently has a less than favorable view of mountain biking. This means best foot forward, maximum ambassadorshipness (sic).

    Dress as you would for a bike ride, a trail building day, or any combination thereof. If you're planning on riding a bike, remember your helmet. If you're planning to bring tools, remember it's a two mile walk so plan accordingly. Wheelbarrows and carts are a good call. 

    We need visual appeal, so some glitz is helpful. Trail marking ribbon makes wonderful streamers. If you have some, bring it. Anything you have that's fun and legal, bring it.

    We are working on finding some space in which to hold a sign making party the Thursday before the Parade, and will keep you all posted. We are gong to need:

    Poster paint, spray paint, glitter, etc.

    1X2X48 or so wooden sticks or similar for holding signs. 

    Cardboard, matboard, butcher paper, etc. 

    SlowLee had the idea of dipping tires in paint and rolling them on signs. Cool, huh? Does anyone (Lee?) have a horseshoe or hiking boot we can also use for this?

    Bring your kids, moms, spouses, P.O.s, etc. It's very important to field as many folks as we can.

    We'll be gathering 8:30 to 9:00 in front and/or next to South Eugene high school, along with a few thousand other people. It's pretty hilarious actually. We will be assigned a place in line at some point the week before. I'm working on finding someone to donate some coffee and juice and stuff. Any suggestions and/or offers are appreciated. 

    That's all for now. More to come!

     

     

  • #5802

    Brock

    Yessir! We”ll be there.
    I have quite a few partially used cans of interior paint that can be used for signs or whatever if you want them. I also have some short 1×2 garden stakes.

    Brock…

  • #5874

    MJW

    We received our parade packet today (8/15) and i'm copying some of the relevant instructions here. We are number 51, out of I believe 100 entries. I will try to find out what entries we will be closest to. Maybe it'll be equestrians…

     

    STAGING INSTRUCTIONS for SATURDAY

    August 25th, 2012

    Parade Starts @ 10:00 AM

     

    Staging will take place on the Amazon Parkway between 24th and 19th and on 19th Street between Patterson and Pearl Street.

    * Enclosed is a map to show you the area where your group will set up (stage). The parade leaves from 19th and PEARL promptly at 10:00 AM, Saturday morning. If your entry is a large vehicle, or vehicle that is going to require decorating after it gets to the staging area, we recommend you be at your staging area by 8:30 AM. If you are one of the lower numbers, we recommend you have your entire group ready to go by 9:30 AM as the parade will start moving into place.

    * If your float or group involves children, remind parents they MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE INTO THE STAGING area. They may have to park the car and walk the children to the staging area. There will be little access to 19th or Amazon Parkway after about 8:30 AM for non-participant vehicles. There should be plenty of parking in the South Eugene Parking lot on the East end of the school.

    * Tell the parents of children in your entry to meet at the Civic Center Parking Lot to pick up children after the Parade.

    * For those staging on 19th street from Patterson to High, all entries will need to be facing West.

    * For those staging on Amazon Parkway, all entries will need to be facing North.

    * Note the arrows on the map.

     

    A Volunteer will bring you your number to your staging area. The number must be placed on the Right side of your entry where it is visible to the JUDGES on the right side of the street. Before leaving your staging area, pick up any trash left by your group and put it in the trash bags provided at intervals. If you have any important components for the transport of your entry that do not go with you on the parade route: Please place them securely in a vehicle. The Parade Committee and the Eugene Celebration cannot be responsible for items left at a staging area.

     

    The parade route runs from 19th and High north to 11th, west to Pearl and south on Pearl and the Parkway to the Civic Center Parking lot where the Parade will disperse. Remind your participants to pay attention to what the parade volunteers are telling them, so everyone will be safe.

     

    JUDGING of the entries is be done by nine judges. The judges are placed in three strategic locations along the route, dressed in their judging finery. PLEASE DO NOT STOP TO “PERFORM” IN FRONT OF THE JUDGES STANDS.

     

    PARADE MARSHALS will be along the route to help to maintain a steady parade, without slow-downs and breaks. If a Parade Marshal asks your group to move a bit faster to narrow a gap, please do so. The Parade Marshals will be in Orange Safety Vests.

     

    The Celebration entertainment and food venders will be waiting for you to arrive and kick off the day downtown.

     

    Any additional questions about STAGING and the Parade should be directed to Roberta Morgan at 541-517-9627. Or email roberta.morgan@comcast.net any time.   Please be patient – I may not be able to respond immediately. I am at work from 7 to 4 Monday through Friday.

                                                                                                                  

  • #5896

    Brock

    This parade is gonna be a damn fine time!

    Kids and wives are welcome…especially your own.

    Let's do this!

    Brock…

  • #5904

    MJW

    It turns out that most of us don't really need to be at the staging area until 9:30, so don't let the early start time keep you away! Just show up ready to ride or build trail or both, maybe with a sign to carry. We probably aren't going to get it together to do a group sign making thing, but email me if you'd like help with sign makng ideas or materials. And if you have any extra of either, bring it to the staging area as early as you can get it there. 

  • #5941

    Brock

    Let’s get there folks! Good times will be had by all!

    I’ll see everyone on 19th between Mill and High @ 9: 22.

    Brock…

    PS did someone say MJ is bringing donuts?

  • #5943

    tayskis84

    I am super excited to rock the parade. Here we come Eugene.

  • #5945

    S.S.Litson

    Looking forward to this!!! Trail tools – Bikes – Donuts…Mmmmm Donuts!!!

  • #5956

    kimm2222

    Wow—that was FUN! Big thanks to Michael J. for having the vision and for organizing the whole thing. Seems like we got a lot of great response from the crowd. We had around 20 DOD'ers marching and riding bikes including three trailers with kids in them. Oh, and we had DOD's own mountain bike cop in full uniform as our personal escort, to give us even more cred.

    Captain CreamPuff and his roller derby girls were right behind us in the lineup… and they were LOUD. Taylor almost lost his voice yelling "DOD—Let us Ride" over them. But Mic and James got people's attention riding their bikes backwards and standing on their seats.

    Thanks to everyone who came out and put on a good show and helped spread the word about the DOD…

    :Kim

    • #5957

      kimm2222

      PS. What happened to SlowLee… wasn't he helping organize this thing?

      :Kim

    • #5959

      Davey Sprockett

      Wish I could have been there.  🙁  Glad y'all had fun, sounds like it was a hoot. Meanwhile I got my tall bike back in my possession so next year I'll be there to ride it with y'all in the '13 Eugene Celebration Parade (assuming it happens again next year). Thanks for representin'.

  • #5958

    Brock

    Hell yes…! That was good fun.
    Thanks to everyone who showed and made it happen.

    Brock…

  • #5961

    MJW

    Eugene just got a little taste. Wait until they see us next year…

    MWAAAH HAA HAA HAA HAAAH!! (Evil Mr. Burns laugh)

    • #5970

      kimm2222

      Right—this was just our practice run. Next year we're gonna get wild =)

      Photo: Shawn Litson

      • #5973

        Davey Sprockett

        Wish I'd been there!

        Riding in a palanquin carried by slave girls!

        😀

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