FFTC’s Guide to Local Parades in the Twin Cities

Ultimate summer guide to parades

Parades are some of the best family fun in the summer. They’re free, you get candy, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to show up and cheer. Bring a blanket or a chair –  oh, and some pillowcases for all the tootsie rolls you’ll be collecting.  We add parades as we learn about them, so check back often.

2022 Twin Cities Parades

St. Patrick's Day Parades - March

March 17, 2022: World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

American Legion, 10 12th Avenue S., Hopkins, MN 55343 | 5pm

March 17, 2022:  St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Rice Park, 109 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102 | 12-3 pm 

March 17, 2022: Minneapolis’ Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

530 Mill St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421 |  6pm 

Find more St. Patrick’s Day Activities here

Saint Patrick's Parade

May Parades in the twin cities

No Parade: MayDay Parade 

Family Center Parking lot, 1527 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
There will be a celebration from 1-4pm on May 1st that includes puppet and dance performances and crafts for kids, but no parade this year.
Learn more here.

Cancelled for 2022: Cinco de Mayo Parade

Cesar Chavez Street, St. Paul, 55107.
Usually held the Saturday closest to May 5th, this parade took 2022 off due to logistical issues. We are watching for it back in 2023.

June Parades in the twin cities

Saturday, June 4, 2022: Tater Days Parade

Noble Sports Park, 4701 Oak Grove Pkwy, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
See emergency vehicles, visiting royalty, live music, and Spud McTater. 11am-12:30pm.

Thursday, June 9, 2022: Tower Days Parade

Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 
Rain or shine. 6:30pm.

Friday, June 10, 2022: Father Hennepin Festival Parade

Chandler Park, Champlin, MN 55316 
Blankets and lawn chairs can be set up between Douglas Drive & East Hayden Lake Road. Parade followed by carnival and fireworks. 6:30pm.

Sunday, June 12, 2022: Parade of Boats

Centennial Park, 7499 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 
This boat parade is more of an event than a traditional parade. The Edina Model Yacht Club display a mix of sail and scale boats on Centennial Lake. 8am-dusk.

Thursday, June 16, 2022: Fridley ’49ers Days,

Fridley Middle School, 6100 W Moore Lake Dr NE, Fridley, MN 55432
Parade units will consist of floats, walkers, live music and bands and animals. Entrants may toss candy. 6:30pm.

Friday, June 17, 2022: Manitou Days Parade

Lake Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Parade starts downtown and ends at Memorial Beach where there will be a dance on the waterfront. 6:30pm.
 

Saturday, June 18, 2022: Faribault Heritage Parade

1814 2nd Ave NW, Faribault, MN 55021 
Parade starts at the Fairgrounds and ends at Central Park. 6:30pm.

Saturday, June 18, 2022: Parktacular Grand Day Parade

40th & Joppa to the Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, St Louis Park, MN 5541
This year’s parade takes place rain or shine. Parade walkers may distribute candy to spectators. Noon.

Saturday, June 18, 2022: Strawberry Fest

Cottage Grove, MN 55016 
In addition to the parade, there will be a carnival and fireworks.
10:30am.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022: Celebrate Northeast

Central Ave between 18th and 27th, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Back after a two-year hiatus. 6:30pm.

Friday, June 24, 2022: Kaposia Days Grande Parade

Thompson Avenue, South St Paul, MN 55075 
If you can’t attend, you can watch live on Town Square Television, Channel 14. 6:30pm.

Friday, June 24, 2022: Columbia Heights Jamboree Parade

45th Ave NE & NE Central Avenue, Columbia Heights, MN 55421 – 6pm

Friday June 24, 2022: Ted Bearth Grande Parade

6133 15th Street N., Oakdale, MN 55128 
Part of Oakdale’s annual Summerfest celebration, there is also live music, food trucks and youth activities. 6pm.

Saturday June 25, 2022: Blaine Festival

Jefferson St. from 117th, Blaine, MN 55434 
The festival also includes a petting zoo, kids dance party, and craft show. 12pm.

Sunday, June 26, 2022Dew Days Parades

Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th St W, Farmington, MN 55024
The Grand Parade ends the Dew Days celebration.

Monday, June 27, 2022: Rose Parade

Roseville Lexington Ave from B-2 to C, Roseville, MN 55113 
Marching bands, color guards, firetrucks and police vehicles among other units. 6:15pm.

Thursday, June 30, 2022: Happy Birthday America Kids Parade

Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth, MN 55447
Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes and join this parade each year. 10am.

2022 Cancelled: Grand Old Day Parade

Look for Grand Old Day to return in 2023.

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July Parades - Independence Day & More in the Twin Cities

July 1, 2022: Happy Birthday America Parade

Lions Park, 1103 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379
Decorate trikes, bikes, wagons, etc., and join this parade. Popsicles and entertainment to follow.  10:30am.

Sunday, July 3, 2022: Bike Parade

1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121
Decorate a bike and join the Eagan Funfest Bike Parade. Line up 2:30pm; parade 3pm.

Sunday, July 3, 2022: 4th of July Parade

Mississippi Blvd & 111th Ave NW., Coon Rapids, MN 55433 
Begins at 111th Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard traveling south. 1pm.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023: 4th of July Parade

Forest Lake, MN 55025 –  10am-noon.

Sunday, July 3, 2022Kiddie Parade 

Chanhassen Elementary,  7600 Laredo Dr, Chanhassen, MN 55317 Kids can decorate wagons, bikes, or strollers and participate with a parent.  5:30-6pm.

Monday, July 4, 20224th of July Parade

Main Street, Afton, MN 550011pm.

Monday, July 4, 2022: 4th of July Parade

Edina City Hall, 4801 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424 
Features veterans, marching bands, floats, horses, musicians, clowns, and more. 10am-11am.

Monday, July 4, 20224th of July Parade

Downtown Chanhassen, MN 55317 
This festival also includes live music, carnival, street dance and kids activities. 2:30-4pm.

Monday, July 4, 2022: Delano 4th of July Parade

559 North River Street, Delano, MN 55328 
One of Minnesota’s oldest and largest parades, stick around for a carnival, live entertainment and fireworks at dusk. 10:30am.

Monday, July 4, 2022: Eagan FunFest 4th of July Parade

1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121 
In addition to the parade, enjoy a carnival, entertainment and food as part of this festival. 10am-12pm.

Monday, July 4, 2022: 4th in the Park – Grand Parade 

Langford Park, St Paul, MN 55108
Color guard, neighborhood units, kids bikes, trikes & wagons. 11am.

Monday, July 4, 2022: Freedom Days

Johnny Cake Ridge Park, 5800 140th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Features marching bands, drum and bugle corps, clowns, horses, and carriages. 1pm.

Saturday, July 9, 2022: Karl Oskar Days

Lindström, MN 55045 
60th year of Karl Oskar Days. 6pm.

Saturday, July 9, 2022Pan-O-Prog Parade 

Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044 
There will be 120 units in this 2-hour parade. 5:30pm.

Sunday, July 10, 2022: Whiz Bang Days

N 42nd Ave & W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422 
Fun for all ages. 3pm.

Saturday, July 16, 2022: Wannigan Days Parade

St. Croix Falls, WI 53024 to Taylors Falls, MN 55084  This parade spans two towns and two states. Prior to the main parade, there is a Kidde Parade at 5pm in Taylors Falls. 6pm.

Sunday, July 16, 2023: Monticello Riverfest Parade

Pioneer Park, 9165 Fallon Ave NE, Monticello, MN 55362
Candy & goodies

July 17, 2022Log Jam

Stillwater, begins at Churchhill and Greeley. 1pm.

July 20, 2022: Aquatennial Torchlight Parade

2nd Avenue between the Minneapolis Convention Center & 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 8:30pm.

July 23, 2022: Slice of Shoreview Parade

Victoria Ave., Shoreview, MN 55126 – 10am.

Thursday, July 28, 2022: Pet & Wheel Parade

Sanborn Park, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Kids can dress in costume, decorate their bikes and/or leashed pets and participate in this parade/festival
. 6:30-8pm. Weather Dependent.

July 30, 2022: Rosemount Leprechaun Days Grand Day Parade

Starts on 145th St W. at Shannon Pkwy going east to Cameo Av, Rosemount, MN 55068 
Entrants include musical acts, fire trucks, and royalty. 11am.

Sunday July 30, 2022: Canadian Days Kiddie Parade

Little Canada, MN 55117
Kids who want to participate are required to pre-register online. 1am-11:30.
 

Sunday July 30, 2022: Canadian Days Gervais Lake Boat Parade

Gervais Lake Park, Little Canada, MN 55117
4pm-4:30pm.
 

July 31, 2022: Chaska River City Days Parade

Downtown Chaska, MN 55318 – 1pm

Sunday July 31, 2022: Canadian Days Parade

Saxon Lanes to Spooner Park, Little Canada, MN 55117 -12pm-1:30pm. 

clowns on parade

August Parades in the Twin Cities

August 5, 2022: VillageFest Parade

St. Anthony, MN 55418 
Parade runs along St. Anthony Boulevard. 7:30pm.

August 12, 2023: Stockyard Days Grand Parade

Downtown New Brighton, MN 55112 
Find the parade route here –  10am

August 14, 2022: Rockford River Days Grand Parade

WestRock Mall, 8900 Walnut St, Rockford, MN 55373 
Parade is followed by coronation, beer tents and food booths. 12pm.

Aug 19, 2022: Moundsview Festival in the Park Parade

Greenfield Ave, Mounds View, MN 55112
The parade begins at 6pm.

August 20, 2022:  Pepper Fest Grand Parade

North Hudson, WI 54016 – 11am-1pm. 

August 21, 2022: Heritage Days

Mcmenemy St & Commerce Court, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 
Expect street closures from 11:15am-1:30pm. Parade at 12pm.

August 21, 2022: Woodbury Days Grand Parade

Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125  
Floats, musical entertainment, dance and royalty. 11am.

August 21, 2022: Ki Chi Saga Days

282nd Street on Old Towne Road, Chisago City, MN 55013 
The parade ends at Lakeside School. 2pm.

Fall Parades

August 25, 2022 to Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2022: Minnesota State Fair 

1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55108 | Daily parades included with fair admission ($16+) | 2 pm

September 10, 2022: Burnsville Festival Fire Muster Community & Fire Truck Parade

E 130th St., Burnsville, MN 55337 | Includes family-friendly displays, floats, and bands | 11am-12:30pm.

September 11, 2022: James J. Hill Parade

Lake St E., Wayzata, MN 55391 | A tradition like no other. | 3pm-4pm.

September 17, 2022: Plymouth on Parade

Plymouth City Center, 15600 36th Ave N, Plymouth, MN 55446
Family activities from 9:30am-12:30pm. Parade begins at 10:30am.

September 15, 2022: Fall Round Up Parade

7th Avenue East, North St. Paul, MN 55109 | Family friendly parade through Historic Downtown |  New Time: 6:00pm.

2023 TBA: Skiff Craft Parade 

Tonka Bay Marina, 220 Tonka Bay Rd Tonka Bay, MN 55331 | This bi-annual parade is in an off-year in 2022. Look for it again in 2023.

Halloween Parades

Three Halloween Parades in the Halloween Capitol of the World:

October 22, 2022: Light Up the Night Parade

Anoka Main Street, 1922 1st Ave. S., Anoka, MN 55303 | 7pm-8pm.

October 28, 2022: Big Parade of Little People

Anoka Main Street, 1922 1st Ave. S., Anoka, MN 55303 | 1:15-2:30pm.

October 29, 2022: Grand Day Parade

Anoka Main Street, 1922 1st Ave. S., Anoka, MN 55303 | 1pm-3pm.

Twinkle Parade at Lowell Park in Stillwater Minnesota

Winter Parades

Nov 25, 2022 TBA: Santa Parade

Taylors Falls, MN 55084 | The Friday night Santa Parade is part of Taylors Fall’s weekend Lighting Festival | 6pm.

Nov 2022 TBAWayzata Parade of Lights

Depot Park, 402 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391 | The parade begins the annual tree lighting ceremony | 4pm.

Nov 25, 2022: Christkindlsmarkt Grand Parade

Excelsior Commons, 135 Lake St, Excelsior, MN 55331 | Friday night parade begins the celebration with Father Christmas, local royalty and Excelsior Trolley Conductors.

Nov 26, 2022: Children’s Lantern Parade

Excelsior Commons, 135 Lake St, Excelsior, MN 55331 | A part of Excelsior’s Christkindlsmarkt, Children can purchase lanterns and join the parade.

Dec 2, 2022Osseo Minidazzle Fire Engine Parade

Main Street, Osseo, MN 55369 | Fire Engine Parade down Main Street. Followed by tree lighting, Santa, holiday cheer by the bonfire. | 6-8pm.

Cancelled for 2022: Twinkle Parade

Chestnut Plaza, 131 Main Street S.,  Stillwater, MN 55082 | This Holiday tradition is historically part of the Twinkle Festival and mark’s the arrival of Santa and celebrates Stillwater’s holiday decorations throughout town. However, there is no parade in 2022 and the event is now held at Lowell Park. We’ll watch for 2023 details. 5pm.

Twinkle Parade at Lowell Park in Stillwater Minnesota
Image Credit: Mainstreet Stillwater MN

Jan 2023 TBAKing Boreas Grande Day Parade 

Rice Park, 109 4th Street W., Saint Paul, MN 55102 | A world-famous parade for all people who love wind, snow and cold.  Saint Paul Winter Carnival Runs January 26 -February 5, 2023.

Feb 2023 TBAVulcan Victory Torchlight Parade 

Rice Park, 109 4th Street W., Saint Paul, MN 55102 | The final parade of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival marking the Vulcans march to overthrow King Boreas and bring back summer. Saint Paul Winter Carnival Runs January 26 -February 5, 2023.

 

2023 TBA: Chinese New Year Parade 

North Mississippi Regional Park, 5116 N Mississippi Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55412 | In 2022, as part of a “Family Funday”, the park celebrated the lunar new year with activities to learn about traditions and dragon mythology and a dragon parade along the Mississippi River. We’ll watch for something in similar in 2023.

FEB 2023 TBA: Snowflake Days Community Parades 

Coon Rapids, MN 55433 | The parade takes a different route each night, collecting food donations from the entire city. It features city fire trucks, police vehicles, a float, lights and music. Weather dependent.

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What We Are Watching:

White Bear Avenue Parade

Ramsey County Fair, Maplewood – Watch for the fair back in 2023.

 
Your turn!
Please let us know of any parades that we've missed, and we'll share them with the community.

12 thoughts on “FFTC’s Guide to Local Parades in the Twin Cities”

  1. Kari Erpenbach

    The North St. Paul Fall Round Up Parade is on Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. in historic downtown North St. Paul.

    1. Thank you, Kari. We also received your email and will add this parade to our guide. It’s nice to have another September option.

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