BIM Car Parade
Description: Participating cars drive a designated route in a city / community for a specific span of time. Cars have large, bright Basic Income March signs on them so people they pass on the road or the sidewalk understand the subject and goal of the event. Participants honk their horns, play protest songs, or use bullhorns out their car windows to create noise and attention during the event.
Why to choose this type of event: A car parade is a great alternative to a march. You can still have people in the streets while taking necessary social distancing precautions.
Size of event: This event-type is great for groups as small as 7-10 and as large as 100+. Too large, and it might prove difficult to coordinate. See Logistics and What You Need sections below.
Logistics / What you need: For organizing car parade events, there are two parts that need to be planned: 1) initial gathering and decorating of cars and, 2) the car parade itself:
- Initial Gathering of Cars:
- Arrive 60 - 90 minutes prior to the event itself to set everything up.
- An appropriately large space for participating people / cars to gather prior to parade. Think parking lots at malls, big box stores (IKEA, Walmart), or large outdoor events (college or high school sports stadiums, etc.).
- Multiple, well marked “Sign Stations” at various locations in the gathering parking lot (think one per 10 - 15 cars). These are places drivers can go to grab supplies to further decorate cars
- Sign stations include painters / masking tape
- Boxes with a couple different types of signs
- Copies of map of route for people to bring into cars with them
- Extra masks (dependent on COVID guidelines/severity)
- Optional: window “markers” for people to write messages on cars(see example on red car images below)
- Optional: If it’s a large event, a Bull Horn to Communicate with participants so you are able to communicate with large groups
- Car Parade:
- Designated driving route
- length of route to accommodate # of participants
- Ideally drives by federal / city buildings / seats of power
- 2-5 Organizer cars who can communicate with each other: a car parade in a city with traffic lights, etc means there are opportunities for things to get a bit complicated. Having multiple cars throughout the parade will help organizers track progress and help keep things moving.
- Lead car to set pace and keep to the route
- Rear car to communicate with the lead car if they need to slow down to keep car parade together as a group
- Additional cars dispersed across the parade to help track procession
- Variety of signs for cars
- If a large set of cars, put some signs on the top of car roofs, hoods, etc. so they are visible by air
- Optional: Drone for aerial shots of parade
Photos from past car parades + gathering places:
An Example of a Infographic for Car Parade Route: