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We are no longer accepting entries for this Chelsea400th parade. Thank you. 

Thank You!


We are absolutely thrilled and want to express our gratitude to all the amazing people who registered to participate in the Chelsea Day Parade. We have received an overwhelming number of entries and we can't wait to witness the incredible creations and performances on this special day. Let's make it a day to remember!

Informational meeting for Parade Participants & Volunteers! Route, set-up and other event details for parade participants. MUST ATTEND!
Jun 20, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Chelsea Senior Center,
10 Riley Way, Chelsea, MA 02150, USA


1st Place Float receives $1,500

2nd Place Float receives $1,000

3rd Place Float receives $500

Parade Date: September 21, 2024

Rain Date: September 22, 2024

Line up starts at: 11:30 a.m. 

Starting time: 1:00 p.m. 

Parade Float Competition Rules 

  1. Float Judging will begin @ 12:00 pm.  “Parade- Ready” float must be ready for presentation to the judges. If there will be riders/walkers in the parade, they must be there and in place at this time for judging.  Entire float “entry” will be judged.  If not ready when judges arrive, entry will be able to be in the parade, but will be disqualified for competition.  Those placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place will have a display added to the float by the judges or the 400th Committee representative indication such for spectators to see.

  2. No one may get on or off the float once it has started down the parade route.

  3. No dangling legs over the edge of the float.

  4. No candy or other items can be thrown during the parade.  Walkers may hand out these items if desired.

  5. All floats must be of the “pull behind” type on a trailer.

  6. There must be a responsible adult present if any children are riding or walking with the float.

  7. Driver of vehicle pulling floats must have a fire extinguisher ready for every float.

  8. No real weapons/ fire arms allowed, except by law enforcement, on any float entry.

  9. No smoking or alcoholic beverages on any parade entry at any time before or during the parade.  Safety First!!

  10. All Floats should have an 8” clearance from the ground.

  11. The pull vehicle must be able to travel slow enough to avoid stalling.

  12. Float must be decorated on all four sides.

  13. No fire or flame-producing devices are allowed on floats.

  14. Floats will be judged on the following:

    • Whether “400th” is incorporated into the float theme

    • Originality  (Original artwork only please)

    • Workmanship

    • Overall appearance and adherence to all listed rules

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