Best Parades in USA

There are several anticipated parades yearly in the USA. Different types of celebrations, unique themes, amazing floats, street dancers and more to ignite the energy for everyone.

USA probably has over 100 parades every year, here’s a list of the best and most interesting parades in the country.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Big Apple

The celebration of the St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland is held every March 17 of the year in different countries including Canada, Switzerland, Malaysia and more. The St. Patrick Day parade is big in USA, the question is, which state or city has the best parade of all?

The answer is, New York, that’s right the big apple. New York is the most populous city in US, so thousands of people are eager to be part of the celebration to show their St. Patrick’s day spirit. Flags of Ireland and USA are waved, street dancers with their Ireland themed costumes wow the crowd with the marching band providing the energetic music. The official schedule for the parade is on every 7th of March and starts at 11:00 am.

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Halloween in Halsted Street, Chicago

Just like St. Patrick’s day parade, there are also several halloween parades in the USA. A notable one is the parade that marches in the Halsted Street of Chicago. People are free to come see the parade, but for those who want to join the parade have to register. The street if flooded with people as ghouls, zombies, evil clowns and other creatures. The event features of competition for best costumes under five categories, drag, scariest, best group, most original and pet costume. Some of the participants yearly bring their A game with their out-of-the-box ideas to spread fear and terror to all.

Dogs, drag queens and kids go all out for the the 17th annual Northalsted Halloween Parade in Boystown on October 31, 2013.

Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans

Truly a highlight for USA, specifically in New Orleans, the Mardi Gras carnival celebration stage is one of the biggest parades in the world. The best part about this event is that the entire celebration is divided into Krewes with very unique themes. They have one for Joan of Arc, Poseidon, Sparta, Knights of Nemesis and so much more. The dazzling and amazing costumes will bring a strong sense of amazement to everyone.


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Inaugural Parade in the Capital

Not really a yearly parade, but is one of the most anticipated one for every 4 years. Presidential term in USA last for 4 years, meaning a 4-year gap for each parade. After the inauguration ceremony, the President and Vice president along with military regiments, a marching band and citizens makes their way from Pennsylvania avenue all the way to the white house. Attend the event and be part of history.

National Independence day

Unity, nationalism, love for country and peace is celebrated every 4th of July in Washington DC. Just a reminder, this celebration doesn’t commemorate the world’s victory against the alien invasion, that was just a movie. The special day is to honor the day when the Thirteen Colonies of America united to build a new nation. The highlight during daytime is the parade of flags, children in USA inspired outfits, police offers and more. After the parade, enjoy a productive barbecue outdoors with family and friends, then conclude the day with a magnificent firework display.


The Rose Parade

The Valley Hunt Club founded the parade in 1890 to show california’s paradise. The parade takes place on January 1 in Pasadena, California every year except for years when the first day is Sunday, the parade is then held the next day, January 2. The theme for the parade changes every year, some of the past themes were Travel Tales in Flowers, Fantastic Adventure, Inspiring Stories, Childhood memories etc. The first ever theme during the 1918 parade was Patriotism. The parade showcases most of the best floats you have or will ever see in your life and the marching bands are also noted to be among the best in the country.


Every parade also has their own respective Grand Marshal. The Grand Marshals are individuals who have provided great contribution and inspiration to the world. In 1966, Walt Disney was the Grand Marshal and in 2005 it was Mickey Mouse. The Grand Marshals don’t have to be humans, the important factor to consider is their influence to promote goodness, their power to provide happiness and their passion to encourage everyone to be a better person. On May 9th, 2014, the organizers announced the Grand Marshall for the 2015 Rose Parade, and it was Louis Zamperini. Louis was an American prisoner of war during the World War II, he is also an Olympic distance runner and a loving husband. Louis died in July 2nd, 2014, he may not have made it until the parade, but his legacy lives on. This story truly needs to be shared because it is a big part of the Rose Parade.

Twinkle Light Parade in Albuquerque and Grapevine

A great way to ignite the holiday spirit within you is to attend the Twinkle Light Parade every December 5th. Family and friends come together to design floats with christmas themed decorations and the result is magic. Cars, fire trucks, taxis and other vehicles are covered with illuminating lights to provide happiness. Over 300,000 lights sparkle during the winter night and dazzles everyone.


In Grapevine, Texas, the locals celebrate the same event, however they uses their boats instead. The Lake Grapevine ignites with magnificent floats that floats above water, hehe.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

This Emmy Award winning tradition has been alive since 1924, the first ever parade was held at Newark, New Jersey, but the store transferred to New York bringing the rich tradition with them, poor New Jersey.

The parade mostly takes place in November to welcome the holiday season. The parade includes gigantic balloons in the image of our favorite cartoon characters like Pou, Shrek, Sonic, Spiderman, Mickey Mouse and more. Famous artists also take part of the event like Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande and Idina menzel, the list goes on. The floats are beautifully and elegantly designed. Elite marching bands and street dancers are also present to keep the celebration alive and energetic.


These are just a few of the amazing parades in the United States, there are so many more around the country, so much more. Hope you guys had a fun and informative time reading this article. Feel free to leave your comments below.


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