There's nothing quite like the magic of a community parade. Downtown Walla Walla's annual Macy's Holiday Parade of Lights is a standout event where the community comes together for a beautiful after-dark parade each December. Grab your family, a warm coat, a chair and a warm drink and join us as we kick off the holiday season.
Join the Parade!
Clubs, churches, schools, businesses and individuals are invited to light up and line up for the annual Holiday Parade of Lights. Held on the first Saturday of December, this event features a huge variety of lit entries, and thousands of viewers in a holiday mood. Volunteers hang signs along the parade route, mark the staging area, and help wrangle the floats into place before the parade.
Your parade entry will be assigned a number based on receipt of your application.
The Downtown Foundation reserves the right to move or alter the parade order, as needed, to accommodate any special circumstances.
A message with a list of the floats and entry numbers will be emailed no later than Thursday before the parade. This email will include details as to the lineup, staging area and awards.
Should your entry win the GRAND PRIZE, you will be pulled from the lineup and go second to last, in front of SANTA.
PLEASE NOTE: No candy or handouts can be thrown or handed out. This rule is in place for safety reasons and will be strictly enforced.
ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: No SANTA CLAUS’ on your entry. This means pictures, inflatables, representations, etc. SANTA closes the parade as the last entry.
Staging & Route
Staging begins at 3:00 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m.
The staging area is Alder Street between and including fifth through eighth streets.
From the staging area on Alder street, go East on Alder street, left on Palouse Street, left on Main Street, Continue through Sixth Street where the parade will disperse. You may not go back to the original staging area. Please make prior arrangements for pick-up after the parade. And, please do not park in the Herring Funeral Home parking lot.
Judging begins at 4:45 p.m SHARP! Any entry not in line at that time will not be judged.
Code of Conduct:
Use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances are forbidden. If intoxicated you will be asked to immediately leave the parade and will not be allowed to participate in the future.
Respect of all entrants is required. Any unruly behavior or harassment of other parade participants is grounds for immediate removal from the parade.
There will be NO candy thrown or handouts allowed of any kind during the parade. If this rule is broken you will not be allowed to participate in the parade next year.
All entries must be LIT.
Vehicular entries are limited to one vehicle pulling a standard trailer. All other vehicle entries must be approved by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.
Equestrian participants are allowed to stage in the Columbia Bank parking lot on the corner of Main & 7th. These entries are required to clean up all manure from the staging area and parade route.
All entries must be able to negotiate a left turn onto Palouse and Main Streets street without running up on the curb.
Your entry may feature any Christmas Character EXCEPT Santa Claus. There is only one Santa in the parade and he is arriving on the final float.