Porsche Parade Tips
Did you ever dream about a week long, Everglades Region event combining WOTY, Cars on 5th, Autocross, Amelia Island Concours, Cars & Cocktails and the Holiday Party? Then think about Porsche Parade 2019 in Boca Raton from July 21-27!
You have probably heard about it, maybe read about it or even completed Phase 1 Registration. But in case you are on the fence or apprehensive, here are a few pointers to help you through the process.
Phase 1 Registration is open now at www.porscheparade.org. During Phase 1, you only need to register the entrant. A co-entrant, children and other event guests can be added during Phase 2 registration. The only fee collected during Phase 1 is a $200 entrant registration fee which covers the entrant and one co-entrant only. Housing reservations are a separate fee from Parade Registration. Phase 2 will have additional fees for Banquets/Events.
When planning your trip, consider the event schedule. Most of the high-profile events are at the front of the week such as the Welcome Party, the Concours, TSD rally and Porsche Concours Banquet. Autocross and the Gimmick Rally are mid-week. Driving Tours (and these are extremely popular) are scheduled throughout the week.
All attendees are required to register if they plan on attending the 2019 Porsche Parade whether or not they attend for the day, multiple days or the entire week. There are no exceptions. Each registrant will be issued attendance credentials and each vehicle registered will have a number placed on their car. Without either, you will not be permitted to park or enter the official Porsche Parade areas.
When completing the registration information, an emergency contact name and telephone number must be completed on the form. The emergency contact must be someone other than those attending.
American Express, MasterCard or Visa in US funds are the only accepted methods of payment. Credit card payment addresses must match the address that is on file at pca.org or it will not be processed. For on-going communication, suggest you reconfirm the phone number and email address that is on file with at pca.org.
You will receive a confirmation email once your payment has successfully been processed to your email inbox. It will contain the Entrant Access Code and email link to reserve your housing along with an 800 number for Conference Direct if you encounter difficulty with your reservation.
The Porsche Parade committee has negotiated discounts rates for your hotel stay at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton Resort and Club. Information about rates and room options can be found at www.porscheparade.org. You are not required to stay at the hotel the entire week. You can make a hotel reservation for just the number of nights you’ll plan on staying. Although the resort is ground zero for many major events, participants are not required to stay at the resort.
If you’re staying at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, there is a fee of $5/day for self-parking. Valet parking is also available for $20/day. Yes, these fees are at a reduced rate as registered attendee of Parade!
All fees paid will be recorded and deposited at the time of registration. Parade registrations are not transferable. 100% of your registration fee will be refunded if your cancellation request is emailed prior to April 19, 2019 (11:59 pm EDT) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise there will be a 50% cancellation fee incurred. After Sunday, June 23rd (11:59 pm EDT) there are no refunds available.
Phase 2 Registration for specific events and banquets will open on Monday, April 15, 2019 (12 Noon EDT). There are additional costs associated with attending the various individual events that will take place during Parade week. The events and cost information will be available during Phase 2.
Volunteers are needed to assist in all aspects of the Parade during the week. You will have an opportunity to sign-up as volunteers during Phase 2 registration. They are usually 2 hour shifts. Official t-shirts are issued, as well as attendance at a special volunteer banquet as a “thank you” for your time. Check the official Parade site for a list of tasks to volunteer for.
Once we have a full understanding of Everglades Region participation, there will be opportunities to organize group drives across the peninsula and hook-up at Parade events in Boca.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me for assistance.
Tom Stuart – Everglades Region / 2019 Porsche Parade Liaison