Holiday Parade Updates

2021 Entries Closed

That’s all folks! The 2021 parade entries are closed. Please contact with any questions. See you on Dec. 4!

Holiday Parade Updates

Registration is Open!

The excitement and anticipation is already building as we open registration for the 2021 Sarasota Holiday Parade, which marks the 25th Anniversary of this beloved community event.

The theme for this year’s parade is SILVER BELLS, which is fitting for a Silver Anniversary of 25 years!

Before registering, please read ALL INFO on our How to Enter the Sarasota Holiday Parade page!

Please pay special attention to the insurance requirements as the correct insurance coverage is mandatory in order to participate. Insurance is required for every entry and must cover vehicles and/or walkers.

Deadlines, as stated on our How to Enter page, are not negotiable. All participants must have a representative at the mandatory meeting currently scheduled for Mon., Nov. 15, location to be determined.

As always, if you have any questions please email


Holiday Parade Updates

25th Anniversary Parade Postponed

In the interest of our community’s health and safety, the 25th Anniversary of the Sarasota Holiday Parade is postponed to Saturday, December 4, 2021. Although December 2020 is still several months away, parade participants generally start working together to practice walking entries or build float entries starting in August or September.

Past participants will be receiving an email to update their contact information. New participants: Please contact us to be added to the 2021 participant list in order to receive information along the way.

Holiday Parade Updates

2019 Awards and Notable Participants

Congratulations to these amazing organizations for their entries in the 24th Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade—we can’t wait to see what they do next year!

And a special thank-you to ALL the participants for helping us kick off the holiday season, Sarasota-style. We’ll see you for the 25th Annual—our SILVER ANNIVERSARY—this time next year!

BEST IN SHOW (Mayor’s Trophy): JUMP Dance Company

Best “Holidays By The Sea” theme: Sonshine Roofing

Honorable Mention: The SRQ Club, LWR Gymnastics

Best Commercial Entry: Sun N Fun

Honorable Mention: Orange Theory Fitness, Music Compound

Best Performance: Platinum Superstars Dance Factory

Honorable Mention: Art and Soul Dance Company, ReFlex Arts Dance, Bradenton Twirling Academy

Best School Entry: Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences

Honorable Mention: SHS Theatre, SHS Sailor Band, RHS Kiltie Band

Best Walking Group: The Suffragist Project

Honorable Mention: The Dark Side, Sarasota Medieval Fair

Best Nonprofit Entry: Sahib Shriners

Honorable Mention: Early Learning Coalition, Circus Arts Conservatory, The JOY FM

Judges’ Choice: Sarasota OUT

Holiday Parade Updates

Parade Route Street Closures

ABC 7 has released the parade route street closures. More information can be viewed here.