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Mayfest Parade Application

  • 10 May 2024
  • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Town of Strasburg, VA


Registration is closed

May 11, 2024

Start Time: 2:00 pm

Parade set up starting at 1:00pm.

Details will be emailed the week of the parade.

 Award Categories 

Best Appearing Fire/EMS apparatus

Best Appearing Business entry

Best Appearing Organization entry

Best Appearing Antique Vehicle

Best Appearing Farm tractor/Equipment

Best Youth Group

Award Presentation: 6:45 pm (Town Square Stage)

Mayfest Bunting Now On Sale

(36" X 72") - $60 each

Strasburg Mayfest

2024 Parade Procedures

1. Line-up begins at 1:00pm, parade begins at 2:00pm and ends at 3:00pm. Line-up is on a first come basis. 

Vehicles that arrive and staged prior to 1pm will be towed at owners expense unless approved by parade committee by Thursday, May 9, 2024.  Line up begins BEHIND THE ORANGE LINE on West King St

2. Parade begins at 2:00pm from Dunkin Donuts
3. Parade route will be along King Street, ending at Massanutten St
4. Volunteers will be wearing yellow Mayfest shirts and reflective vests
5. State law requires that nothing be thrown from any entry. Promotional materials, candy, flyers, etc. must only be handed out
6. Participants are responsible for their own litter and animal droppings
7. Open fires or flames are not permitted by order of the Fire Marshal
8. Exhibitions of speed, reckless driving, ‘wheelies’, etc. are prohibited
9. Entries are encouraged to display the business or organization name
10. An adult must be present with children on floats or walking units
11. All units are required to continue moving forward and maintain the flow of the parade
12. We ask that all parade entries remain within the parade route until the parade concludes
13. No alcohol or smoking is allowed on the parade entries
14. This parade is a family-friendly event for all ages. All costumes, outfits, behavior, attitude, language, and dance moves must be appropriate for a young audience
15. All fire/rescue apparatus MUST be placed out of service to participate
16. This event is rain or shine! If interstate traffic is forced to interfere with the parade route, the parade will be canceled
17. To be considered for participation into future Mayfest parades, we ask that you comply with these procedures
18.  Let’s have a great time and be safe for our families and community! Thank you!

FAQ’s for Strasburg Mayfest Parade Entries
How long does the parade last? About 30 minutes

What if we have to leave early? All entries must finish the parade route.

Can we throw candy from the float or just toss it when we’re close? Please don’t throw any item. All candy, flyers, giveaways must be handed.

 What is the parade route? Where does it end? The route is about 0.6 miles and is along King Street starting at Dunkin Donuts and ending at Massanutten Street.

Where are the restrooms? Within the food truck area on N Holliday St.

I’m late (it’s after 4:00!) Where do I go to line up for the parade? Still proceed to the corner of West King and South Franklin Street and you will be placed at the end of the parade line.

Where can I park? You may park anywhere along the parade route or Town parking areas. King Street will remain open during Mayfest.

How long are the streets closed? S. Holliday Street (Queen to King) is closed from May 10 at 9:30am to May 11 at midnight. N. Holliday Street (King to Massanutten) is closed on May 10 at midnight to May 11 at 10pm.

Is there a detour route? No. However, if there is a forced VDOT closure on I-81 we may need to cancel the parade.

Where can I view the parade? Anywhere on King Street from Dunkin Donuts on the  sidewalk. Please do not go into the street. We want this to be a fun and safe event for everyone!

Questions - Contact Parade Coordinators:

Jaynelle Bowers - 540-465-9292

Wendy Williams - 703-853-8729


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