Thousands of spectators line the streets of downtown Holland to watch amazing marching bands, Dutch Dancers, floats and numerous organizations present their finest in over two miles of pure celebration. Participation in the Tulip Time Festival parades is a great way for an organization, marching band, or company to “Join the Dance” in one of the nation’s Top 100 festivals. The Festival parades are some of the largest and most spectacular events in Michigan.
Thursday, May 11, 2023
People from near and far will be invited to 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.
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. The unique Dutch Dogs on Parade get in on the excitement too! Floats, bands, organizations and businesses join in with their Tulip Time inspired entries for an awesome celebration.
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Dozens of bands from West Michigan middle and high schools showcase their talents through downtown Holland. Floats, organizations and businesses join in with their Tulip Time inspired entries for an awesome celebration.
Click here to download general parade guidelines
Click here to download band parade guidelines
PARADE PARTICIPATION APPLICATIONS:
Click here for the Band Parade Application
Click here for general parade application
click here for the Kinderparade School Participation Application
Click here for the Dutch Dogs on Parade Registration
Click here for the Elected Official Registration
All parade applications are due by April 10, 2023.
Looking for another great way for your organization or group to participate? Consider sponsoring one of the many needed water stations! Get all the details at the link: PARADE WATER STATION SPONSOR
If you have any questions about the guidelines or application process, please contact Kim Vandermolen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-822-2770 ext. 104
Parades are televised locally, as well as covered live on WHTC, Holland’s Hometown Station.