Every Spring we seek volunteers, whether individually or in groups, to assist with the 4th of July Parade here in Everett.
Find out how you can help downtown Everett’s largest event and one of the top parades in the North Puget Sound.
For more information, contact the Everett Office of Emergency Management by email or by phone at (425) 257-8111.
Will be located at Comfort Station near Command Post and walk around staging area with wagons to distribute bottled water. Provide water and basic first aid for parade participants and OEM volunteers (not the general public/parade spectators).
Walking and pulling water wagons
MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) only for first aid station
Check out and distribute equipment to volunteers and then check back in all equipment (This unit may also participate in other units during the parade).
Parade Entry Check-In Unit
Check in the arriving parade entries. (This unit may also participate in other units during the parade).
Check-in all volunteers when they arrive and check them back out when they leave. Those in this position may join other units during the parade. These positions are the first to arrive.
Greet and direct arriving and dispersing parade participants to and from staging and parking areas.
Parade marshals walk along with the parade to coordinate the timing and spacing of the parade participants and keep the spectators out of the parade route.
Extra personnel who may act as Aides or Messengers or fill other needs. Priority given to bicycle riders.
Provide radio communication between the sections, groups and units.
Must be a licensed amateur radio operator.
Ensures that operations are being done in a safe manner and provides safety briefings to volunteers. The only other position besides the Incident Commander who can call an “All Stop.”
Q: Where should I park, if I am driving?
A: Volunteers will be provided with complimentary parking. The location of volunteer parking is in the lot in back of the Everett Fire Department station located at Oakes & California and where Parade Headquarters is located. From there, it is a brief walk to the Parade Staging Area and Parade Route.
Q: How long will I be needed on parade day?
A: We ask that volunteers check in at the Headquarters between 6:30--7:00 am, depending upon their specific positions. (You will be informed of your exact check-in time by your team leader.) You will be assigned to a specific area, and limited transportation will be available for those unable to walk from Headquarters. The parade begins at 11:00 am. After the parade conclusion, you may be needed for some minor cleanup to return the street to regular traffic. Team Leaders coordinate this effort and then release you to return to the Headquarters, where you will return your equipment and vest and check out. Your volunteer commitment will end about 2:30 pm.
Q: Will food or beverage provided to the parade volunteers?
A: At Headquarters in the morning and throughout the day, hot and cold beverages, as well as breakfast-related foods and snacks, will be provided to all parade volunteers.
Q: Am I allowed to drink alcoholic beverages while volunteering?
A: Volunteers are NOT allowed to consume alcohol while performing their volunteer duties. We strive to run a family-friendly event, so we cannot have intoxicated volunteers representing our event. After the parade is over, you are free to consume "adult" beverages.
Q: Name three things I'll wish I'd brought with me to volunteer on parade day.
A: This would depend on the weather. For a cold day, you'll want to bring a warm hat, warm gloves, and warm shoes. For a sunny day, you'll want to bring sunglasses, suntan lotion, and a hat for shade. Remember - the parade goes on rain, shine, or snow.
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes. We require that no jeans or shorts be worn, and no open toed shoes. We strongly recommend that you dress for the weather. We do want you to stand out better in a crowd, though. To aid in this, we will furnish you with a parade event safety vest, to be worn over your own clothing, so that you are recognizable as being a parade official. It must be returned at the end of the day, so that we can clean and re-use them the following year.