Parade Participation

Thousands of spectators line the streets of downtown Holland to watch amazing marching bands, Dutch Dancers, floats and numerous organizations present their finest in over two miles of pure celebration. Participation in the Tulip Time Festival parades is a great way for an organization, marching band, or company to “Join the Dance” in one of the nation’s Top 100 festivals. The Festival parades are some of the largest and most spectacular events in Michigan.

Thursday, May 8, 2025

People from near and far will be invited to don their Dutch costumes, grab a bucket and a broom, and scrub the streets clean for the coming performances. Local elementary school children in full costume and smiling faces march together (each school and grade will have their own theme that nods to the towns’ Dutch heritage). Floats, bands, organizations and businesses join in with their Tulip Time inspired entries for an awesome celebration.



Saturday, May 10, 2025

Dozens of bands from West Michigan middle and high schools showcase their talents through downtown Holland. Floats, organizations, and businesses join in with Tulip Time-inspired entries. Unique entries make their way down one of the longest and most exciting parade routes in Michigan!

Click here to download general parade guidelines

Click here to download band parade guidelines



Parade Participation Fees
Business: $250 for one parade, $75 for second parade
Non-Profit/Government: $25
Military: Free
Bands: Free


If you have any questions about the guidelines or application process, please contact Chad Mesbergen at or 800-822-2770 ext. 108

Parades are televised locally, as well as covered live on WHTC, Holland’s Hometown Station.