Christmas Parade Application

Be a part of the 2019 Wake Forest Christmas Parade in historic downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 pm.

Parade Timeline

November 1

Deadline for applications. Please note that payment must be included at the time of application.

November 12

Accepted entries will be notified by email.

November 26

Parade packets will be mailed to all accepted entries. This packet will include vehicle passes, parking information and other pertinent details for the event.

December 14
  • 10 am-12 pm - A representative of each accepted entry is required to sign in at the parade entry point. Line-up numbers will be distributed at this time.

  • 12 pm - All vehicles must be in place within the staging area.

  • 12:30 pm - All participants must be on site and lined up.

  • 1 pm - Parade begins.

Entry Types & Fees

Parade entries may fall into several categories:

Pre-decorated Floats (Full Float - $600, Half Float - $375)

Wake Forest Downtown will provide a pre-decorated float, driver, and signage. Your organization only needs to show up, ride on the float, smile and wave to all the people, then get off at the end of the route when instructed. No set up, no clean up. A full float holds a maximum of 20 people, and the fee is $600. A half float is a single float shared by two organizations. The maximum number of riders per group is 10, and the fee is $375.

Gold Sponsor - $300

Includes commercial parade entry and additional media promotion by Wake Forest Downtown. May include up to 2 vehicles. Fee is $300.

Commercial Entry - $200

Any for-profit organization or company. May include up to two vehicles. Fee is $200.

General Entry - $35

Youth, church, civic or community group. May include up to two vehicles. Fee is $35.

Parade Rules

Please review these rules prior to submitting your application and communicate them to everyone in your group. Failure to comply with these rules and/or instructions from parade officials could result in removal from the parade line-up this year and future years. Thank you for your understanding and compliance.

  • THERE IS ONLY ONE SANTA ALLOWED IN THE PARADE, provided by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc.

  • CANDY MAY NOT BE THROWN TO THE PUBLIC AT ANY TIME. Such action can harm those watching the parade and provides an unnecessary danger to children who can be run over by parade vehicles while trying to collect candy. Candy and promotional material may be handed out to the crowd by your representatives walking alongside of your entry.

  • All hands and feet must be kept inside vehicles and floats at all times and everyone must remain seated. Floats must come to a complete stop before participants disembark. Absolutely no one may jump from a float while it is in motion.

  • Do not leave the parade line-up until the parade ends at intersection of Elm Ave. and Taylor St. 

  • The maximum number of riders on any float is 20 (total number of adults and children). 

  • Adult supervision for all children under the age of 14 is required at all times in the staging area and during the parade, in addition to the driver of the vehicle.

  • Be conscious of moving vehicles within the parade line-up area. Parade volunteers coordinate this event and are not responsible for children.

  • Loud noises such as sirens and motorcycle revving are discouraged since these can frighten children. 

  • We request that all teams, troops and tribes please wear their uniforms or matching attire and carry a sign or banner that identifies the group.

  • FESTIVE ATTIRE IS REQUIRED for all parade participants including parents and chaperones.

  • In order to prevent gaps in the parade, participants must continue moving forward and are not permitted to stop and perform.

  • The Wake Forest Christmas Parade is a rain or shine event. Please ensure your organization has appropriate weather related provisions.

  • Homemade floats are especially encouraged and appreciated by spectators. 

  • The maximum height for floats is 12 feet (as measured from the ground, not the deck of the float). Taller floats risk becoming entangled with utility lines crossing the parade route. 

  • Any vehicle driven in the parade must have insurance that complies with the laws of the State of North Carolina.

  • Anyone operating a motor vehicle in the parade must have a valid driver's license.

Application Process

Submit Application

Parade applications may be submitted in one of two ways:

  1. Online

  2. By Mail. The application may be printed and mailed to the address below. Applications must be postmarked no later than November 1.

Wake Forest Parade
c/o Wake Forest Downtown, Inc.
301 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Include Payment

Payment is due at the time of application and may be made:

  • Online. Via Paypal while completing the application.

  • By Check. Checks should be made out to Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., and mailed to the address above. If you are using a personal check, please be sure to note the name of your group or business on the check so that we may assign your payment to the correct entry. 

Entry fees will be refunded for any applications that are not accepted.

Proceed to application

Thank You!

Thank you for your help in making this a great community event! If you have any questions, contact Lynnette Beadle at 919-435-9416.


Christmas Parade Application
Program Assistant