The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade has been a fixture in the community for 76 years! The parade takes place the first Saturday in December at 10am. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, December 2.
The parade has become one of the largest holiday parades in Northern Virginia with over 100 units- marching bands, floats, high-flying balloons and more!. We have approximately 2,000 participants and over 300 volunteers. The parade sets the mood for the holiday season and has become a family tradition with multiple generations lined up to watch!
Below are some questions and tips to help you enjoy the parade:
How do I apply to be in the parade?
Applications are available through Saturday, October 14
What is the theme for this year’s parade?
‘Christmas in Toyland’
What types of groups are in the parade?
Floats, balloons, bands, marching units, dance units, community groups and more!
How long is the parade?
Approximately 2 hours
Where is the best place to view the parade?
Anywhere along the route! We recommend arriving early, especially if the weather is nice. Remember to bring blankets, chairs, hot chocolate and other items to keep yourself comfortable. View the route map below to plan ahead.
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 5:00am
Carriage Lane and Reb Yank Drive at 5:00am
Sudley Road from Mathis Avenue to Centreville Road at 9:45am
Prescott Avenue from Centreville Road to Center Street at 9:45am
Center Street from Prescott Avenue to Peabody Street at 8:00am
Is there handicap parking available?
Yes, at the Church Street Lot in Historic Downtown.
Where do I park?
Along the side streets of the parade route or in the parking garage in Historic Downtown. We recommend planning ahead and arriving early especially if the weather is nice.
Where are the restrooms along the parade route?
There are portable johns located along the parade route.
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.