Holiday Parade


Kick off the holiday season at the Durham Holiday Parade!

Cheer on dynamic floats, hometown bands, drill teams, schools, and community groups as they make their way down Main Street at the Durham Holiday Parade. The procession will conclude with a guest appearance from Santa.

Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 17, 2022
10 a.m.
Downtown Durham - Main Street

Free Event
Rain or Shine

  • Floats
  • Bands
  • Mascots

Seating will not be provided. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Parade Route & Map

The parade will start at the Health Department (Main and Dillard Streets) and end near Duke University East Campus (Main Street and Buchanan Boulevard). 

Parade Route Map

Parade Staging Map

Parade Safety

The safety of parade participants, volunteers, and spectators are DPR’s top priority. The safety measures below are in place to make sure everyone stays safe and has fun!

  • Volunteers, staff, and public safety personnel are stationed along route to keep everyone safe and help assist with the spacing and pacing of the parade.
  • (New this year) Participants walking in the parade will not be placed directly in front of floats in parade lineup.
  • (New this year) Vehicle groups will be placed in front of all floats in the line up.
  • The Durham Holiday Parade route is relatively flat and follows a straight path.
  • The number of participating vehicle groups is limited.
  • All participants must acknowledge and agree to safety guidelines prior to the event.
  • Volunteers and participants are required to attend a mandatory pre-event meeting at which safety information is reiterated.

Vehicle Safety Measures

  • All floats are pulled by qualified City employees in City of Durham vehicles.
  • (New this year) All City Park vehicles participating in the parade, including those pulling floats, will be inspected within 7 days prior to the event date. 
  • Participating drivers must agree and adhere to the following:
    1. Possess a valid driver’s license and possess all liability vehicle insurance.
    2. All vehicles participating, including motorcycles, are prohibited from performing burnouts, revving engines, or participating in any other reckless or negligent driving. All wheels must remain on the ground at all times.

We'll post any additional enhancements to our safety measures here!

Parade Lineup

Check back on Friday, December 9 for the list of organizations participating in the 2022 Holiday Parade.

Parade Performance Areas

Designated performance areas will be located near the following intersections: Mangum and Main streets, Chapel Hill and Main streets, and Duke and Main streets.

Parade Restrooms

Temporary restroom stations will be located near the following intersections: S. Elizabeth/Commerce and Main streets, Chapel Hill and Main streets, and Duke and Main streets.

Parade Marshal & Emcee

More information coming soon!

Parade Participants: FULL 

Parade participant registration is closed. Parade units are now full.

Parade Staging Map

All applications will be reviewed after the deadline on Monday, November 7 and notified of their status by Friday, November 11. If your application is accepted, you will be billed and have 3 business days to pay. 

If you enroll after Monday, November 7 you will be placed on the waiting list and staff will review your application and notify you upon acceptance as space allows. 

Instructions to apply:

1. Enroll online. Visit ActiveNet to register for any of the following parade units: 

  • Walking Group 
  • Walking and Vehicle* 
  • Vehicle Group*
  • Motorcycle Group* 
  • Horse  
  • Marching Band
  • City Department 

*Limit 10 vehicles per organization

2. You will be required to create an account if you do not already have one. 

3. Answer all questions and submit your enrollment.

4. Keep a transaction receipt or your records. 

Parade Unit Fees  
General Unit Resident $75
General Unit Non-Resident $90
School Marching Band $0
City Department $0

Float Rentals: SOLD OUT

Float Rental Fees  
City Resident $750 - SOLD OUT
Non-City Resident $775 - SOLD OUT

Rain Procedure: Please be prepared in the case of rain, snow, or other inclement weather. In the case of a weather event, the festival coordinator will consider and determine suspension or cancellation of any part or the entire event. You should not leave the parade area before the festival coordinator announces suspension or cancellation of the event. If you choose to leave before an official suspension or cancellation is made by the festival coordinator, no refund of event fees will be returned to the organization. 

Refunds: No deposit and rental fees will be refunded for cancellations less than 30 calendar days prior to the proposed date of the event. Exceptions include when the cancellation is a result of an act of nature or the event is cancelled by DPR due to unforeseen circumstances. Please allow two to four weeks for processing. All refunds will be mailed to the individual, business, or organization's address on the application.

Parade Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering? Volunteers will receive a gift and snacks! Visit iVolunteer to sign up.

For information about the parade, email Rukea Womack.

Food Vendors

All food vendor spaces have been filled. We hope you will apply next year!  If you would like to be added to our email list to receive vending information for future events, please fill out the DPR Vendor Database Form at Form Center • Durham Parks & Recreation, NC • CivicEngage (

Holiday Parade Parking

Locations Cost
Chapel Hill Street Garage Free
Corcoran Street Garage Free
Church Street Garage Free
Morgan/Rigsbee Garage Free
Durham County Justice Center $2 for first hour, $1 for each additional hour

Sponsor Information

For general sponsor information, email Rosalie Bocelli-Hernandez.

For media sponsor information, email Cynthia Booth.