TUTTI FRUTTI!

OFFICIAL PARADE PARTICIPANTS PAGE

Welcome to the official “Tutti Frutti” page for participants in the July 4 NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE.  Final information has now been received from Under the Sun Productions (parade organizer) so read below. As always, Email Debra with questions.

Every year, Gottaswing is invited to participate in the National Independence Day Parade between 7th and 16th Streets, NW, on Constitution Avenue, NW. Accompanied by a vintage 1950s car, costumed dancers walk the parade route, waving to the crowd and dancing as the pace of the parade allows. But the most exciting part is performing the “Tutti Frutti” dance routine in front of the Reviewing Stand at the parade terminus at 16th Street, NW!

Costumed dancers are welcome to walk the parade route, waving to the crowd and dancing as the pace of the parade allows. We will be performing the routine at the end of the parade route at the reviewing stand at Constitution Avenue, NW/16th Street, NW.

FINAL INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM Under the Sun Productions! Here are your marching orders:
• Parade participants are Element #50 in the line-up and will assemble on Madison Street, NW, between 4th and 7th Streets, NW (three elements in from 7th Street), alongside of the National Gallery of Art. Please see the ASSEMBLY MAP – 2024 6.14.24.
• Participants should assemble no later than 10:45am. Please read this 50_Gottaswing-Lindy-Hoppers for info on recommended Metro station and some general information. EAT FIRST. The vintage car accompanying dancers along the parade route will have limited storage available, but it is recommended that you travel light–ID, some money or credit card, keys, cell phone only. Bottled water will be available at the end of the parade route.
• See the DISPERSAL MAP for the end of the parade. Once it’s over, time for photos, hugs, congratulations, and maybe lunch plans too. HAVE FUN!!!
The fine folks at Under the Sun Productions have created a lovely informational video for us,
CLICK HERE.

1950s COSTUMING REQUIRED

We’re not going to be super-strict but you should come as close to the look as possible. For example, you don’t have to buy saddle shoes but if not, try to wear white tennis shoes.

Leaders: bowling shirts, saddle shoes or white tennis shoes
Follows: poodle skirts, crinolines, saddle shoes or white tennis shoes

Resources/inspiration:

50s POODLE SKIRTS.COM

STEADYCLOTHING.COM

AMAZON FOR FOLLOWS

AMAZON FOR LEADERS

ETSY FOR FOLLOWS

 

SOME HELPFUL LINKS