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.

2021 Parades

clowns on parade

July Parades

July 1, 2021: Happy Birthday America Kids Parade | Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth, 10am.

July 2, 2021: Happy Birthday America Parade | Shakopee, Lions Park
Decorate trikes, bikes, wagons, etc., and join this parade. Popsicles and entertainment to follow. FREE. | 10:30am. 

July 2, 2021: Manitou Days Parade |  6:30pm.

July 3, 2021: Bike Parade | Eagan – Decorate a bike and join the Eagan Funfest Bike Parade. Line up 3:30pm; Parade 4pm.

July 3, 2021: 4th of July Parade | Edina. Features veterans, marching bands, floats, horses, musicians, clowns, and more 10am-11an.

July 3, 2021: 4th of July Parade | Forest Lake. 10am-noon.

July 3, 2021: 4th of July Parade | Coon Rapids – Begins at 111th Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard traveling south. 1pm.

July 3, 2021Kiddie Parade | Chanhassen Elementary.  Kids can decorate wagons, bikes, or strollers and participate with a parent. 5:30-6pm.

July 4, 20214th of July Parade | Downtown Chanhassen.  2:30-4pm.

July 4, 2021: 4th in the Park Grand Parade | Langford Park, St. Paul – Color guard, neighborhood units, kids bikes, trikes & wagons.  11am

July 4, 2021: Freedom Days | Apple Valley – Begins at Fireside Lane and Pennock Ave.  1pm

July 10, 2021: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom, 6pm

July 10, 2021: Pan-O-Prog Parades | Lakeville Downtown
Kiddie Parade, 10:45am & Grand Parade, 5:30pm. 

July 11, 2021: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale, Shoreline Drive to Sanborn Park. 2021 will be a reverse parade. 3pm.

July 17, 2021: Wannigan Days 2-City Parade | St. Croix Falls to Taylor Falls, 6pm (Kiddie Parade at 5pm).

July 18, 2021: Raspberry Festival | Hopkins, Mainstreet from 5th Avenue to 17th Avenue. 1pm.

July 21, 2021: Aquatennial Torchlight Parade | Minneapolis, Hennepin Avenue. 8:30pm.

July 24, 2021: Rosemount Leprechaun Days Grand Day Parade | Starts on 145th St W. at Shannon Pkwy going east to Cameo Ave., 11am.

July 24, 2021: Slice of Shoreview Parade, Shoreview, Victoria Ave. 10am.

July 25, 2021: Chaska River City Days Parade. 1pm45

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August Parades

August 1, 2021: Canadian Days Parade | Little Canada, 12pm-1:30pm. Saxon Lanes to Spooner Park.

August 6, 2021: VillageFest Parade | St. Anthony, 7:30pm. Parade runs along St. Anthony Boulevard.

August 14, 2021: Stockyard Days Grand Parade, New Brighton. 10:00am. Find the parade route here. Stockyard Days is August 13-15, 2021.

August 14, 2021: IndiaFest Parade, State Capitol. Part of IndiaFest celebration of culture.

August 15, 2021: Rockford River Days Grand Parade | Rockford, 12pm

August 15, 2021: Heritage Days | Vadnais Heights, McMenemy and Oak Grove. 12pm

August 21, 2021:  Pepper Fest Grand Parade | North Hudson, WI. 11am-1pm. 

August 22, 2021: Woodbury Days Grand Parade | Ojibway Park (Woodbury High School). 11am.

August 22, 2021: Ki Chi Saga Days | Chisago City, 282nd Street on Old Towne Road. 2pm.

August 29, 2021: Stiftungsfest Parade | Only held every 5 years. 12:30pm.

Fall Parades

August 26, 2021 to Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021: Minnesota State Fair | St. Paul. The parade begins at 2 p.m. daily

September 11, 2021: Fire Muster Community & Fire Truck Parade | Burnsville. 11am-12:30pm.

September 12, 2021: James J. Hill Parade | Wayzata, Lake Street. 3pm-4pm.

September 18, 2021: Plymouth on Parade | City Center, Plymouth, 9:30am-12:30pm.

September 23, 2021: Fall Round Up Parade | 7th Ave. E. in historic downtown North St. Paul, 6:30pm.

Three Halloween Parades in the Halloween Capitol of the World:

October 23, 2021: Light Up the Night Parade | Anoka Main Street, 7pm-8pm.

October 29, 2021: Big Parade of Little People | Anoka Main Street, 1:15-2:30pm.

October 30, 2021: Grand Day Parade | Anoka Main Street, 1pm-3pm.

Stillwater Twinkle Parade at Lowell Park

Winter Parades

December 4, 2021: Twinkle Parade | Stillwater

January 2022 TBA: Winter Carnival Parades | St. Paul

St. Patrick's Day Parades - March

Usually held on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), sometimes these parades are held on the closest weekend. Watch for more details as we get closer to March 2022.

2022 TBA: World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Hopkins, Mainstreet (March 17, 2021)

2022 TBA:  St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade | 425 Rice Street | 12-3 pm | (March 17, 2021)

2022 TBA: Minneapolis’ Saint Patrick’s Day Parade | Downtown Minneapolis |  1pm-3pm | FREE | (March 20, 2021)

Saint Patrick's Parade

 

May Parades

2022 TBA: MayDay Parade, Minneapolis. IHOBT has been undergoing internal changes for the last couple years. We hope to see the MayDay Parade again 2022.

2022 TBA: Cinco de Mayo Parade, St. Paul, 10am. Usually held the Saturday closest to May 5th, this parade took 2021 off due to logistical issues. We watching for it back in 2022.

June Parades

2022 TBA: Parade of Boats | Centennial Park, Edina – This is more of an event than a traditional parade. 8am-dusk.

2022 TBA: Faribault Heritage Parade | Faribault, 6:30pm

2022 TBAParktacular Grand Day Parade | St Louis Park, Noon.

2022 TBA: Celebrate Northeast | Central Ave between 18th and 27th, 6:30pm. Tentative. Check the link for updates.

2022 TBA: Kaposia Days Grande Parade | South St. Paul, 6:30pm

2022 TBA: Columbia Heights Jamboree Parade | 45th & Central Ave, 6pm

2022 TBA: Blaine Festival | Jefferson St. from 117th, 12pm

2022 TBA: Grand Old Day Parade | St. Paul Grand Ave. We are not certain about the future of Grand Old Day (traditionally put on by the Grand Avenue Merchants Association), but we’ll watch and update if new information comes forward.

2022 TBA: Tower Days Parade | Spring Lake Park, 81st and Able St. 6:30pm. Cancelled for 2021, watch for it again in 2022.

2022 TBA: Fridley ’49ers Days, Fridley Middle School – Festival Cancelled for 2021.  Check back in 2022.

2022 TBA: Rose Parade | Roseville Lexington Ave from B-2 to C, 6:15pm

2022 TBA: Strawberry Fest, Cottage Grove, 10:30am – festival cancelled in 2021.

2022 TBA: Summerfest, Oakdale, 6pm – Summerfest is a Go in 2021, but no parade.

2022 TBA: Celebrate Brooklyn Park Community Parade | Brooklyn Park
The parade features emergency vehicles, visiting royalty, live music, community organizations and Spud McTater. 6:30pm.

2022 TBA: Brooklyn Center Days Parade | Brooklyn Center, 59th & Dupont. 6:30pm. (formerly Earle Browne Days) – Brooklyn Center’s website has been down all spring.

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What We Are Watching:

 

July

July 4 Parade | Eagan – The festival is on, but the parade has been cancelled for 2021.

4th of July Parade | Afton Main Street, 12:30pm.

White Bear Avenue Parade | Ramsey County Fair, Maplewood

Log Jam | Stillwater, begins at Churchhill and Greeley. 1pm.

September

Bike Parade | Linden Hill, Minneapolis, 11am (Linden Hills Festival will go forward in 2021, but the bike parade has been canceled.)

Dew Days Parades | Farmington
Dew Days will be one day (September 18th) in 2021 without the usual parades (kiddie and full parade). We’ll watch for them again in 2022, possibly in June or September?

 
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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