FFTC’s Guide to Local Parades in the Twin Cities

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. Some parade dates have already been set for 2020, and we’ll keep checking and adding.

Also check out our Festivals & Fairs: Year-Round Family Guide.

2021 Parades


March 17, 2021: 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 20, 2021: Minneapolis’ Saint Patrick’s Day Parade | Murzyn Hall parking lot | Columbia Heights |  1pm-3pm | FREE | Drive through event. Registration required.

Saint Patrick's Parade


May 2, 2021: MayDay Parade, Minneapolis. Save the date. Details TBA.


June 6, 2021?: Grand Old Day Parade | St. Paul Grand Ave 9:30am. 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.

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


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


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

Pending Parades

We are watching these parades to see if they will be scheduled for 2021.

May Parades

TBA: Cinco de Mayo Parade, St. Paul, 10am

June Parades

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

TBA: Father Hennepin Festival | Champlin, West River Road, 6:30pm

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

TBA: Strawberry Fest, Cottage Grove, 10:30am

TBA: Summerfest, Oakdale, 6pm

TBA: Earle Brown Days Parade | Brooklyn Center, 59th & Dupont. 6:30pm.

TBA – but will be July or August 2021: Dew Days Parades | Farmington
Kiddie Parade, 10am & Full Parade, 5pm

TBA: Patriotic Bike Rally, Lions Valley Place Park, 32nd Ave N, Crystal

clowns on parade

July Parades

TBA: 10:00 am: July 4 Parade | Eagan
Also a Bike Parade on July 3, 4pm

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

TBA: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom, 6pm

TBA: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale, ends at Sanborn Park. 6pm.

TBA: White Bear Avenue Parade | Ramsey County Fair, Maplewood

TBA: Raspberry Festival | Hopkins, Mainstreet b/t 5th and 17th. 1pm.

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

TBA: Slice of Shoreview Days, Shoreview, Victoria Ave. 6pm.

TBA: CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade | Minneapolis, Hennepin, 8:30pm.

August Parades

TBA: Stockyard Days Grand Parade, New Brighton, Old Highway 8

TBA: Woodbury Days Grand Parade | Ojibway Park (Woodbury High School). 11am.

TBA: Canadian Days Drive-By Car Parade | Little Canada, 10am-11am
Parade route will drive by homes of nominated seniors. To nominate a Little Canada graduating senior or a senior citizen submit here. The parade route will be posted at by July 27, 2020.

TBA: Rockford River Days Grand Parade | Rockford, 12pm

TBA: Manitou Days, downtown White Bear Lake, 6:30pm (Postponed from 6/19/20)

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


September Parades

TBA: James J. Hill Parade | Wayzata, Lake Street. 2pm.

TBA: Pan-O-Prog Parades | Lakeville Downtown
Kiddie Parade, 10-11am & Grand Parade, 5:30pm. (Postponed from 7/11/20)

TBA: Bike Parade | Linden Hill, Minneapolis, 11am

TBA: Chaska River City Days Parade

TBA: Heritage Days | Vadnais Heights, McMenemy and Oak Grove. 12pm

Parades to watch for 2022:

March – St. Patrick’s Day Parades

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

June Parades

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.

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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