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Grand Parade

The 69th Annual Charlottesville Dogwood Festival Grand Feature Parade will be held April 21, 2018, and begins at 10:50am. This year the theme of the parade is "Candy Land".  For the first time in decades, the candy will fly along the parade route.  Awards will given out for Best Floats and Dogwood Spirit.

Dogwood Festival Grand Parade Map  (click to enlarge)

Entries must have a level of entertainment appealing to parade watchers. Although not a requirement, we want to encourage the use of floats. Floats can either be amateur or professionally built. There are many float building guides available on-line. There is one example listed here.

Marching Bands should park in the parking area located around the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road. Bands should stage in the grassy area in front of the building. The first band in the line-up should be in the driveway that leads onto McIntire Road from the County Office Building "ready to march" 15 minutes before the parade begins. The next band should step into the driveway as soon as the band ahead of them steps off. Staff will be on hand to assist with this process and getting in the correct order.

The parade line-up will be posted here by April 8. The parade line-up will begin at 8:00am on McIntire Rd. The parade will be divided into three sections for the purpose of lining up. The first section, positions 1-30 will line up from 8:00-8:30am, the second section, positions 31-50 will line up from 8:30-9:00am, and the third section 51-85 will line up from 9:00-9:30am. Please be on time!!!

Entrants should enter from the 250 Bypass end of McIntire Rd. Please pay close attention to your report time and arrive on time. 

Join the Grand Parade

Interested in joining the Grand Parade? Entry Forms must be received by April 1, 2018. Please click below: