The Crawfordsville Christmas Parade is a long-standing community tradition, featuring performances and floats by over 100 local businesses and community organizations, with an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade is traditionally held the first Sunday in December and travels through Historic Downtown Crawfordsville, primarily along East Main Street with commentary from the Montgomery County Courthouse.
Applications are available on the website. Please include as many details as possible for your organization. The deadline to apply to be in the parade is Monday, Nov. 21.
Volunteer at the parade
We need your help to put on a magical experience of this scale for the community! If you are not entering the parade, but would like to be involved, we welcome your assistance as a parade-day volunteer. You can sign up individually or with a team of friends or co-workers to help us put on a top-notch parade.
Each parade entrant must send a representative to one of the following informational meetings to be permitted into the parade. Important logistical and safety information will be covered. Meetings should last no longer than 30 minutes. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, update your application information, and turn in paperwork.
November 16 3:30 PM
November 28 9:00 AM
November 28 3:30 PM
Meetings will be held at:
Fusion 54 (PNC Bank Building)
101 W Main St (3rd Floor)
Crawfordsville IN 47933
Q: When is the parade?
A: The parade has traditionally been on the first Sunday of December.
Q: Who can be in the parade?
A: Over the years, we have welcomed entrants representing a number of businesses, non-profit organizations, and community groups. Typically, this includes floats created by decorating a trailer pulled by a truck, group performances like marching bands and dance troupes, and some animal groups (horseback riders, llamas - you name it!). Floats and performances should align with the theme of the parade. All are welcome to submit an application, and if we have questions or concerns about your application we will reach out.
Q: What is required of entrants?
A: Parade entrants will need submit an application form and pay $10 non-refundable application fee. Each entrant should have a primary contact person who will need to attend an informational meeting and be responsible for submitting all paperwork and communicating important details to the rest of their group. Basic safety and other information will be covered in the informational meeting. You should have a Certificate of Liability Insurance for your group/organization, which can be requested from your insurance provider (do so as soon as possible), and you will need to collect signatures on a waiver from participants or guardians of those under 18. Form provided at meeting.
Q: Can we throw candy during the parade?
A: Your group is welcome to pass out candy, books, or other treats, but they can not be thrown into the crowd. This has created safety concerns with children running into the path of the parade in the past. If you would like to pass out items, you just need to plan to have part of your group on foot to walk along the sidewalk to get items safely within reach of children watching the parade.
Q: What's the #1 Rule of Crawfordsville Christmas Parade?
A: There is only one Santa & Mrs. Claus! We have the guests of honor on contract. We encourage you to fully embrace the theme by dressing up as all the other characters that make this a fun, magical experience for little spectators!