- The 2012 Regatta / Independence Day Parade will be on Friday, July 6th at 6:15 PM.
- 2012 Regatta Parade: Our video recap, pictures, Mayor’s video, Ken Richie video, or the cleanup video.
- Watch our video or review pictures from the 2011 parade.
Like all things Madison, there’s a bit of a learning curve if you’re not a local resident. This post is about helping newcomers made the most of our Madison’s Independence Day Parade. Read these pointers and then comment with to add your own advice.
Arrive Before 5 PM ~ The crowds are not massive, but getting your chair on the curb takes a head start. Come a little early and make some new friends.
Parking Is Tight ~ My preference is to park at King’s Daughters Hospital or at the very North end of Broadway Street. There’s plenty of parking there if you come early and it’s only a few blocks to Main Street.
Bring Your Own Chair & Bottled Water ~ This is a long parade and about half the county enters there own float. Plan on staying at least 90+ minutes. Don’t bring a cooler, you’ll be better off buying dinner downtown.
Hang Around When It’s Done ~ There’s no rush and plenty to do downtown. The Regatta festival includes more downtown events after the parade. The traffic will be clear in less than an hour.