THE 2022 THEME: Santa's Excellent Adventure
A Global Experience
Find your favorite holiday place or time. Let's showcase holiday celebrations from across the globe! 'Bill and Ted' are letting us borrow their time traveling phone booth for this most excellent adventure. Check out our 2022 event t-shirts and logos for inspiration (coming soon!)
To participate in the parade, everyone and everything must register (only one registration per unit is needed). Thank you!!!
Volunteers please scroll to the bottom of this page for information on how to sign up to help!
Check out this great video
Business Float: Float on float bed brought in by a business. $50 minimum entry
Nonprofit Float: Fully completed float on float bed brought in by a nonprofit organization.
Community Member Float: Fully completed float on float bed brought in by a community member/ community organization (not a for profit business).
Pedestrian Unit: (Walking promotion, Dance Troup, Horse, etc.): Units promoting an organization, business, or social group. Business entry fee minimum of $50. Others free.
Mobile Unit: Units with wheels; bicycles, cars, etc... Business entry fee min of $50. Others free.
Marching Bands: Any organized marching group that plays instruments for entertainment purposes. No fee.
Sponsored Floats- see Sponsor the Parade
Applications must be received NO EARLER than September 26, 2022 and APPLICATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED unless noted here that the parade is full.
To ensure quality and appropriate content for this kid friendly event, O'Fallon Holiday Parade Organizers reserve the right to limit or deny participants. PLEASE REMEMBER: NO SANTAS. There is only one true Santa Claus... :)
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE APPROVED. Once your application is approved, you will be emailed a packet of information for your next steps and important information and specific contacts.
Return Application In Person or Mail to:
BETH ORTEGA GROUP
ATTN HOLIDAY PARADE CHAIRPERSON,
1668 WINDHAM WAY
O'FALLON, IL 62269
EMAIL APPLICATIONS TO: OFALLONHOLIDAYPARADE@GMAIL.COM
and call to arrange payment drop off.
If you have any questions about this application or about participant regulations, contact PARADE CHAIRPERSON
Beth Ortega at 618-616-3241.
SPACE IS LIMITED FOR SPONSORED FLOATS!
Applications will be accepted in person during the hours of 10 a.m.- NOON & 1 pm until 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
No fees will be refunded for cancellations. Severe weather may cause the parade to be rescheduled for the weekend following the event. A second severe weather day would cause the event to be cancelled by the City of O'Fallon due to unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be made.
This event is an opportunity for the community, businesses, families and friends to come together and create memories, in attendance and in organizing and building your parade unit. Crabby, complaining, controlling, stressful or overall Grinchy people need not apply.
This is an ILLUMINATED Holiday parade. Participants should have a minimum of 50% of their unit lighted. True believers will have 100% illumination! Santa is always watching. If you have employees, guests, etc walking with the float/ car/ parade/ unit in any way, they need to have some type of lighting on their person. This is not just for FUN, but also for their safety. Floats must provide their own generator/ power source.
Battery operated lights can be found at local stores and online at Amazon or other locations.
Please be creative and fun with your entry! Kids and Adults alike are excited for this imaginative and bright parade. We encourage the silly, the fun, and things good in the spirit of the holidays!! Enjoy your positive interactions with the people around you, in the parade and watching the parade, and of course be respectful and extra kind to the volunteers.
Need some fun ideas for your group?
How about a snow shovel brigade?
A lighted roller coaster group?
Reindeer dogs and their elves?
Kids groups can dress themselves as walking ornaments or gifts.. snowflakes and snowmen. Just be sure to keep everyone with lights in some manner. (Dance troupe, cheerleaders, other coordinated groups may use glow in the dark necklaces or a spotlight on them as to not cause danger with light strings.
Many ideas can be found on Pinterest and other sites.
City Hall will be hoping to light their Christmas lights when the band passes by. This may cause a slight pause in the parade. Otherwise, we will keep things moving at an appropriate safe pace.
Music for your group/ float is allowed and encouraged, but please specify so we can try to keep the musical units separated.
Please respect and abide by the parade rules to keep everyone safe.
Please keep this positive and simple and fun!
Beth Ortega, Parade Chairperson
We have a few committees that will help with this event. Chairpersons may be contacting you directly. Please allow 24-48 hours to receive a response.
Please text or email your:
How you would like to help?
Availability on parade evening