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.
Kinderparade - Thursday, May 11, 2023
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. Floats, bands, organizations and businesses join in with their Tulip Time inspired entries for an awesome celebration.
Volksparade - Saturday, May 13, 2023
Tulip Time combines elements of the Street Scrubbing parade and the Muziekparade. 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. Dozens of bands from West Michigan middle and high schools showcase their talents amid the community floats through downtown Holland
PARADE PARTICIPATION APPLICATIONS:
Parade applications for all others will be available in January 2023.
All parade applications are due by April 10, 2023.
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.