“Children’s Parade” Thursday, May 9, 2024
Dutch Dance Performances: 12:00pm
White Glove Inspection and Community Street Scrubbing: 2:00pm
Beginning at 8th Street & Columbia Ave., continuing on 8th Street to Kollen Park
The public is invited to take part in this grand tradition. They will don their Dutch costumes, grab a bucket and a broom, and scrub the streets clean for the coming performances. Town officials will walk through with their ceremonial white glove inspection to approve the streets for the parade and when the town crier officially announces the official's approval, the parade will start.
STREET SCRUBBERS: Please bring your own brooms and buckets. Scrubbing starts at 2:00 pm at the corner of 8th Street and Columbia Ave. Participants are encouraged to show up at 1:15 to line up. Scrubbers are asked to gather in the pocket park on the northeast corner of 8th Street and Columbia Ave.
8th St. from Columbia Ave. to Kollen Park
The Gentex Kinderparade (children’s parade) is a time-honored favorite. Elementary school children will line up with their teachers and school administrators in full costume and smiling faces as they march together through downtown Holland. Each school and grade will have their own theme that nods to the towns’ Dutch heritage, from Dutch agriculture to the Dutch Master’s painters. Dozens of bands from West Michigan middle and high schools showcase their talents amid the community floats through downtown Holland. The adorable Dutch Dogs join in the fun too! (Click here for more info about Dutch Dogs on Parade.)
In the event of severe weather, the Gentex Kinderparade will be canceled.
Where to sit for the parades
Parade Route — 8th between Columbia & Kollen Park
Indicates free public parking lots
- Street parking allowed unless noted
- Privately managed, paid parking areas also found throughout the area