Register Now for the 2018 River Rat Race Parade!

The parade kicks off immediately following the Big Cheese 5K Race (Approximately 9:30am) on April 14th 2018.


As in past years, members of the Athol Fire Department will be along the lineup route with radios to wrangle people into position. Please follow their instructions.
1. The parade starts on School Street around Our Lady Immaculate Church. It proceeds down the hill to Main Street, turns left at the Library then proceeds to Lord Pond Plaza where the carnival is. There are multiple staging areas for lining up. Please know your division, staging area and the route to get to the staging area. It is each group’s/organization’s responsibiltiy to communicate those details to its members. 
2. School Street will be closed to regular traffic at approximately 8:00AM.
If you have a vehicle/float in the parade, you have access.
If you are dropping off marchers please do that at the CCD center off Main Street. Do NOT attempt to drive on School Street to do that. You can also drop off marchers at the Congress Street side of Riverbend School if that is closer to your lineup position. Congress Street is to the right of the school as you face it.
3. The parade lineup will begin at 8:15AM. All participants are asked to arrive then. Sure, it’ll be a little crazy for a while but that’s what River Rat is all about. Be kind and follow the AFD’s instructions. You will find your division, position and where to proceed to get into place on the next page.
4. It’s important to stay “bunched up” once you’re in position. You can spread out to a comfortable distance within your group once the parade begins to move.
5. The parade will step off (begin) at 9:30AM. If everyone that registered to participate shows up, we estimate it will last about 60-75 minutes.
6. We will post weather information as the date approaches.  
7. Above all, HAVE A GOOD TIME!

Please be in control of your vehicle(s) at all times.
If you are marching, please be aware of the vehicles that may be behind you in the parade.
NO ONE MAY THROW, LAUNCH, PROPEL OR IN ANY WAY, CAUSE ANYTHING AT ANYTIME TO FLY THROUGH THE AIR INTO THE CROWD OR FROM THEIR VEHICLE OR THEIR PERSON IN GENERAL.  This includes but is not limited to candy, trinkets, tee shirts, toys, food, etc. You may HAND OUT items. Handing out items means that a person physically places the object directly into the hand of the recipient.  Throwing items results in children running onto the parade route and has resulted in injury. Please follow this rule.
Please follow the instructions of all emergency personal on site.


Division 1
[at Our Lady Immaculate Church]

Athol Police Cruiser
Amercian Legion Post 102 Colorguard
Salvadore Automotive Group w/Grand Marshall
Cindy Jack, Lisa Osborne, Deb Vescovi of Athol
Savings Bank Celebrating 150 Years
Athol Savings Bank Team with the cast of Grease
MA State Rep Susannah Whipps
State Senator Ann Gobi
Athol Board of Selectmen & Town Manager
Orange Board of Selectmen
Athol Royalston Education Fund
Athol Royalston School Committee
Athol High School Marching Band

Division 2
[behind division 1]

Girls Camp Wiyaka Alumni
Girardi Distributors
Adams Animal Hospital
Friends of NQ Dog Park
360 Massachusetts/ Don Flye

Division 3
[School Street at Riverbend Street]

Orange Community Band
North Quabbin Community Coalition
Girl Scouts-North Quabbin Service
Subway of Athol
Athol Mahar Youth Sports
Orange Graphix
Athol Lion’s Club
Athol Area YMCA
Cubscouts Pack 40 Orange

Division 4
[Park Ave between School Street and Allen Street]

Trail Head
Phillipston Animal Control
Millers River Watershed Council
Orange and Athol Farmers Markets
Fidelity Bank
7th Tennessee Co.D Liberty Greys
Hilltown Brewfest

Division 5
[Allen Street between Park Ave and into Riverbend School parking area]

Athol-Orange Eagles Riders & Rolling Thunder
Carb’s Hot Rod Club
Boiler Bar and Grill/Nana’s Country Store
Massachusetts Military History Expo
Dale’s Auto Body & Towing
North Quabbin Regional Animal Control

Division 6
[School Street from Park Ave towards Main Street]

McLaughlin Paving
Bear Country 95.3
A&E Property Maintenance
Shoefly Graphics
Wright’s Welding Race Team

Division 7
[behind division 6]

Athol Fire
Orange Fire
New Salem Fire
Petersham Fire
Royalston Fire
Warwick Fire
Petersham Police Cruiser


To register for this year’s parade please fill out the form below.


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