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


June Parades

June 13, 2021: Parade of Boats | Centennial Park, Edina – This is more of an event than a traditional parade. 8am-dusk.

June 19, 2021: Faribault Heritage Parade | Faribault, 6:30pm

June 19, 2021Parktacular Grand Day Parade | St Louis Park, Noon.

June 21, 2021: Celebrate NorthEast | Central Ave between 18th and 27th, 6:30pm. Tentative. Check the link for updates.

June 25, 2021: Kaposia Days Grande Parade | South St. Paul, 6:30pm

June 25, 2021: Columbia Heights Jamboree Parade | 45th & Central Ave, 6pm

June 26, 2021: Blaine Festival | Jefferson St. from 117th, 12pm

June 28, 2021: Rose Parade | Roseville Lexington Ave from B-2 to C, 6:15pm

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, 10:30am & Grand Parade, 5:30pm. 

July 11, 2021: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale, Shoreline Drive to Sanborn Park. 2021 will be a reverse parade. 6pm.

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. 1pm


August Parades

August 1, 2021: Canadian Days Drive-By Car Parade | Little Canada, 10am-11am. (Tentative)

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

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

Stillwater Twinkle Parade at Lowell Park

Winter Parades

TBA Twinkle Parade | Stillwater

Parades We're Still Hoping to See in 2021

TBA: Dew Days Parades | Farmington
Kiddie Parade, 10am & Full Parade, 5pm.  Dew Days is June 23-27, 2021.

TBA: Stockyard Days Grand Parade, New Brighton, Old Highway 8. Stockyard Days is August 13-15, 2021.


Parades to Watch for 2022

Winter Parades

TBA Winter Carnival Parades | St. Paul

March – St. Patrick’s Day Parades

World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Hopkins, Mainstreet

An Irish MASK-arade: A St. Patrick’s Day Drive-Thru Celebration | 425 Rice Street | 12-3 pm | FREE, but Registration Required by 2/24/21 | A reverse parade! Mask up and drive through for a reverse version of the annual parade.  Or watch the celebration on Facebook. (March 17, 2021)

Minneapolis’ Saint Patrick’s Day Parade | Murzyn Hall parking lot | Columbia Heights |  1pm-3pm | FREE | Drive through event. Registration required. (March 20, 2021)

Saint Patrick's Parade


MayDay Parade, Minneapolis. Parade and festival will not be held in 2021.  Watch for it again 2022.

Cinco de Mayo Parade, St. Paul, 10am


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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

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

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