India Day Celebration – August 13, 2017 TIPS & FAQ’s
What NOT to bring to India Day Celebrations:
- No coolers of any size
- No large backpacks
- No outside food allowed
- No outside water/beverages (except for baby formula, baby food and medically required) will be permitted inside Knoch park (Concert area)
- No Illicit drugs
- No outside alcohol will be permitted, beer and wine will be available for purchase
- No weapons of any kind including “Concealed Carry” firearms
- No large umbrellas
- No tables
- No glass containers
- No musical instruments
- No Signs or Banners
- No bad attitudes – remember this is a community event run by volunteers, it is free, come and enjoy!
- Anything that may create a safety hazard or interfere with other patron’s.
- View below for any question you may have, or visit us at http://www.indiadaycelebration.com/
Q: When is India Day? What time does it start?
A: India Day celebrations start at 11:00 a.m. on August 13th, 2017 at Knoch Park, Naperville, Illinois and will last till 9:30 p.m.
Q: What is the cost of attending India Day? Is there a separate entry and tickets to the parade or concert?
A: General entry to India Day celebrations, parade and concert is free. Limited premium concert seating is available for our sponsors. Please visit http://www.indiadaycelebration.com/ if you would like to get premium seating or to be a sponsor. Food and Beverages are available for purchase.
Q: What is the parade route and distance and What streets restrictions will be enforced on the day of the parade?
A: The parade begins at W. Porter Ave (East of Naperville Central High School) and proceeds East on Porter, turns (Right) going South on Webster St. and turns (Right) going West on W. Hillside Rd and then turns (left) going South on West St. and ends at Martin Ave in front of Knoch Park. The parade route is 1 mile long. Due to the Parade and the India Day Celebrations many of the Streets will be closed for regular traffic. Please see the Map below:
Q: I am not a parade entrant, what time should I get to the parade?
A: Parade starts at 4 p.m. sharp. We recommend that you arrive early to get a good spot. For a less crowded area to watch the parade, you can pick W. Porter Ave, S. Webster St, or W. Hillside Rd.
Q: What are the designated parking options at the parade and concert/celebrations? Is there ADA parking?
A: There are many parking options at India Day event. There is accessible/ADA parking at Naperville Central High school, we encourage to come early to secure your parking spot. There are several parking options available but ICO has designated parking spots from which continuous buses will be operated to transport to/from Parking to Knoch Park.
ICO encourages our guests to park to the following locations, please refer to the map below. There will be volunteers and parking attendants who will be able to advise if there are any last-minute changes. We ask that if you do not need ADA parking or drop off assistance please follow the map instead of coming to Knoch Park directly to avoid delays due to traffic.
We have multiple parking spots as defined in the Parking Map. Due to the anticipated large number of attendees, we strongly encourage Car Pool, Rideshares (Such as Uber, Lyft etc.). ICO will provide shuttles from the following offsite parking lots that will run every 15 minutes.If arriving by Metra, shuttles will be available to pick up.
Offsite Parking Locations:
Naperville Metra Train Station ( Not Route 59) – Burlington Ave – Free Parking; Shuttle costs $2/person
North Central College – Merner Field House Lot located at 450 S. Brainard St, Naperville
Edward Hospital (not at the Hospital next to park) and College of Dupage Lot at 1223 Rickert Drive, Naperville
Event entry is free. Please carry cash for the parking / shuttle fee.
Please leave all prohibited items as defined above in your car.
* Please do not park in downtown Naperville and residential parking area. Your vehicle may get towed.
Offsite parking and shuttle services will be provided by Quality Valet Parking
Q: Does the park close if it rains?
A: No, India Day parade will remain open if it rains but may close temporarily during periods of lightning. ICO works with the Local Emergency Management Weather team to monitor the weather during India Day parade. All guests will be asked by volunteers to evacuate using clearly marked safe exit routes to designated safe areas during periods of lightning and inclement weather.
Q: What is in Children’s Area?
A: Children’s area will have many fun activities for children including Bouncy houses, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Kites for kids and adults to fly. It will be parents’/guardians’ responsibility to monitor their child and their safety. There are no babysitting available in the Children’s area. The Children’s area will be open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Q: What do you suggest a family bring for The India Day Parade?
A: Summertime in Naperville can be quite sunny and warm. ICO suggests that you bring sun tan lotion, folding chairs and sunglasses and wear good shoes. Admission is FREE, but you might want to bring some extra money for food and beverages. Most of all, bring patience and have fun.
Q: Where can I get food & beverages tickets?
A: ICO will have multiple token, food and water booths at the Knoch park. Participants can buy tickets and purchase water, and alcohol (beer and wine). Water will be available to purchase on the parade route.
Q: Can I pay cash for food and drinks?
A: You can use cash or credit/debit card to purchase your tickets at various locations in the park. These tickets can be used to purchase items inside the park
Q: Can I buy tickets with a credit card?
A: Yes, both cash and credit/debit card are accepted at the ticket sales booth.
Q: I live around the corner. Can I bring my own alcohol?
A: No. Attendees found in violation of City Code Section 8-4-030 for Open Container shall be ticketed and fined by Naperville Police per existing legal statutes. Any Liquor or outside beverages will be discarded at the security and will not be allowed to bring it inside. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase at the Beer & Wine stalls at Knoch Park.
Q: Is there a Lost and Found at India Day. How do I retrieve it?
Lost and Found will be located at the Information booth inside the Knoch Park and/or at the Parade Entry at Naperville Central. After the event please check the Naperville Park District office at Mill and Jackson for any remaining items.
Q. Who organizes India Day Parade and Celebration in Naperville and why?
A: Indian Independence Day is being celebrated by Indian Community Outreach Organization (ICO) a not-for-profit organization in association with City of Naperville. Please check our website http://www.indiadaycelebration.com for further information on ICO Naperville is the first city to support & host India Day parade and celebration in the suburban Chicago-land area.
Q: I have a wheel chair, is there an accessible entrance to the Park?
A: Yes there are two entrances to Knoch Park one on Hillside Ave and one on Martin Ave. The park will be fenced in and will not have other entrances. There is an ADA accessible ramp on Hillside Ave, and the entrance on Martin Ave is at ground level.
Q: What are the various activities and events that will occur at India Day?
A: India Day is designed to a fun day with lots of activities planned and can be done at everyone’s own pace and will. The following are the various activities planned, you should plan on attending the whole day to enjoy.
Cultural, Children’s area, Indian Bazaar, Various Food Stalls, Parade, Concert by Mika Singh, concluding with colorful Fireworks.
It starts at 11:00 am. We encourage attendees to wear comfortable shoes and enjoy the festivities. The activity announcements and the programs will be continuously announced to keep everyone informed.
Q: There will be so many people, how do you deal with littering and garbage?
A: Yes, we are anticipating large number of people to attend the India Day celebrations. Please note that India Day is a symbol of celebrating the culture and diversity of people from India, and it reflects our values and heritage.
The Park, Parade Route will have many garbage cans available for people to throw their garbage. We request everyone to be responsible for their trash, and help us keep the parks clean. Your responsibility as attendees and our responsibility as the Organization is to hand over the Park in its original condition, please absolutely no littering.
If you are found littering, you may be fined for the offense.
Q: We are participating in the parade and need to drop off items for our float, how do I do that?
A: We will have the provision for you to drop off items to your float, your designated individual responsible for the float will be receiving specific instructions for loading and unloading of items from the float. Please refer to that notes for the latest information. Rest assured there will be many volunteers and information booths to assist.
For Further information: Please check http://www.indiadaycelebration.com