How do I apply to be in the parade?
Applications are now closed.

 

When are applications due?
Look back for 2018 date.

 

What sponsorship opportunities are available?
Click to view the opportunities:  2017 Parade Sponsorship Levels

 

What is the theme for this year’s parade?
‘A Christmas Carole’

 

What types of groups are in the parade?
Floats, balloons, bands, marching units, dance units, community groups and more

 

How long does the parade last?
Approximately 2 hours

 

What is the parade route?
Click on this link to view the route:  Parade Route 2017

 

What streets are going to be closed for the parade and when do they start to close?
Mathis Avenue from Liberia Avenue to Sudley Road at 6:00 a.m.
Carriage Lane and Reb Yank Drive at 6:00 a.m.
Sudley Road from Mathis Avenue to Centreville Road at 9:45 a.m.
Prescott Avenue from Centreville Road to Center Street at 9:45 a.m.
Center Street from Prescott Avenue to Peabody Street at 9:45 a.m.

 

Where is the best place to view the parade?
Anywhere along the route!  We recommend going early, especially if the weather is nice.  You may want to bring blankets, chairs, etc.

 

Is there handicap parking available?
Yes, at the Church Street Lot.  You can view the handicap parking on the map:  Parade Route 2017

 

Where do I park?
Along the side streets of the parade route or in the parking garage in Historic Downtown.

 

Where are the restrooms along the parade route?
There are portable johns located along the parade route.  You can view them on the map:  Parade Route 2017

 

What if it rains or snows?
In the event of inclement weather, the parade will continue as scheduled.  There is no postponement or rescheduling of the parade.

 

Do you have a lost and found?
Yes, at City Hall located at 9027 Center Street or contact any of the parade marshals along the route.

 

How do I volunteer for the parade?
Email us at gmchristmasparade@gmail.com  

 

Where do I go if I am in the parade and at what time?
A representative from your group will receive that information at the Participant Meeting on November 16.  We do recommend arriving early, especially if you have a float or vehicle to place.

 

I am dropping off a participant or volunteer but not staying at the parade.  Where do I drop off?
A representative from your group will receive that information at the Participant Meeting on November 16 or at the Volunteer Meeting on November 28.

 

I am picking up a participant or volunteer at the end of the parade.  Where do I pick up?
A representative from your group will receive that information at the Participant Meeting on November 16 or at the Volunteer Meeting on November 28.

 

I am a volunteer, where do I go?
You will find out at the Volunteer Meeting on November 28. 

 

I have participated before, do I have to attend the Participant Meeting?
The meeting is mandatory for everyone even if you have participated in years past.  A representative from each organization must be present. 

 

When and where is the Participant Meeting?
The meeting is on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at Park-West Lions Club located at 8620 Sunnygate Dr., Manassas, VA 20109.  

 

Who is responsible for judging the parade entries?
The judges are actual judges in our local Prince William County Court System.  

 

What criteria is used for judging the parade entries?
ALL entries are judged on their Christmas Spirit. Performers are judged on their performance at the Judge’s Viewing Stand.  Floats are judged on their adherence to theme, as well as their construction effort. 

 

How do I find out who the winning entries are?
We will announce the winners on Facebook and on the website within 48 hours after the parade is held.  We will also contact the winning entries to invite them to be recognized.

 

When are the winning entries recognized?
They are recognized at the City Council Meeting at City Hall on Monday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m.  City Hall is located at 9027 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110.

 

Can we have a Santa on our float?
No.  There is only one Santa in the parade and we supply him.

 

Am I able to throw candy to spectators?
No.  You are allowed to hand it to them.