Tips and Advice

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The Weather

The month of November is characterized by seasonally mild temperatures, with daily highs in the mid  throughout the month.


Of course show your support and wear your favorite parade attire but please remember to wear comfortable shoes.

Arrive Early

Although the parade is scheduled to begin at 8:30am, brave parade folks begin lining up along Gilbert Road beginning 7am.  The Gilbert 1/2 Marathon will be running along southbound on the east side of Gilbert Road, and the Parade will be running southbound on the west side of Gilbert Road.  Come early and cheer everyone on!

Keep in mind that there will be multiple road closures and restrictions around Gilbert on November 18th, so plan accordingly. 

Gilbert Road (between Warner and Guadalupe) must be clear of all vehicles at 7am.


Suggested parking areas (*access to these areas must be made via Juniper/Neely Streets )

*Gilbert Park and Ride-Under the Gilbert Water Tower 

*Gilbert Parking structure- Vaughn and Ash Roads

  Gilbert Public Schools parking lots- Gilbert and Elliot Roads (Elliot Road entrance only)

  Boys and Girls Club- Oak and Elliot Roads

  Public Parking lots-East of Gilbert Rd (access via Burke/Cullumber Rds.)

  Guadalupe/Gilbert road business parking lots.


The Town of Gilbert does not permit "open alcohol container" on  sidewalks and streets.  This is a safety measure to protect the citizens in our community.  There will be restaurants and bars that are open along the parade route for purchasing beverages, please keep those beverages in the establishments where they were purchased.


Area businesses reserve their restrooms for patrons.  The Town of Gilbert has arranged for portable restrooms in the following locations:

Big Lots parking lot- Gilbert and Guadalupe

Burger King parking lot- Gilbert and Juniper

Parking lot-Gilbert and Cullumber-SE Corner

GMC liquor store parking lot- Gilbert and Bruce

Parking lot-Gilbert and Elliot- SE Corner

There is also public restrooms located at:

Gilbert Park and Ride-Ash and Page Roads

Gilbert Parking Garage-lower level-Vaughn and Ash Roads