Parade Update: (this will address the "water" question also.) I just wanted to let everyone know that there are a few new items that have come up in the last few days regarding the G&W Parade and our involvement. - As a testament of the kind of parade officials that we have to deal with this year; we just received, today, our letter of acceptance into this year?s parade. This was something that we should have had knowledge of weeks ago. Luckily we just assumed we were in and we went ahead with planning. - We were also told that we need to make everyone aware of the rules and standards for this year?s parade. I will scan the ?rules? and post them on the www.facebook.com YJN page. The one rule that really affects us is the one about our ?support-walkers?, simply...we can?t have any. The parade does not want to see anyone not in costume walking in the parade. So if you have a place to store water in your costume, please do so. - I have a large issue with one specification that the parade officials are asking for this year. The parade asks that, ?All entries must be delivered to the marshalling area by 9:00am parade day.? Well that will not happen! I have no intention of asking anyone to get suited up and then stand around for 2 hours before the start of the parade. Deb or I will go down and get our place number just like previous years and the rest of the group will be called down just prior to the start of the parade. If the parade official do not like this?..to bad. - We were also called by the parade today and asked if our group would like to be ?judged?. We said yes, but we soon found out that the judging will take place PRIOR to the parade even starting, instead of during the parade as in previous years. The judging will be at 9:00am at the marshalling area, but as I stated in the above point I have no intention of asking anyone to be there 2 hours before the parade starts, dressed in full costume. As a side note...we also got a phone call from the St. Catharines Standard. Apparently the parade officials/organizers have been getting a great deal of negative feedback from other former parade entrants. The Standard has received word of the complaints and they are going to be addressing some of the issues in an article that will be published in tomorrow?s paper. Debby was also asked about a number of complaints that many other entrants had brought up and that we also share. And she was also asked to deny or confirm some of the ?new rules? that the parade officials have implemented this year. And Deb took the time to bring up many of the points and concerns that were expressed in this forum. Just to let you know, Deb also found out that MANY of the other groups that were in the parade in previous years have elected to walk away from the parade all together. We are not the only ones that have been left will ill feelings. Please post your thoughts.