Grand Old Day Parade Application

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  Grand Old Day Parade

Sunday, June 3, 2018

9:30 a.m.
(parade line-up begins at 8:30 a.m. at Dale St. )

2018 Grand Old Day Parade Application

(GABA Members:  please complete the GABA Member Parade form - which is found in the 'GABA Members Only' section of the website.)

Each year Grand Old Day draws nearly 250,000 people from the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, regionally and from neighboring states. The event is held along Grand Avenue, Saint Paul’s premier shopping, dining, entertainment district. 

The Grand Old Day Parade is held each year to entertain both children and adults alike. The parade is a wonderful opportunity for your business or organization to show support for communities like Grand Avenue and meet your audience face-to-face. 

Grand Old Day has long been known as the kick-off to summer. A panel of judges will evaluate and award the best parade unit in the Grand Old Day Parade the "Best In Show" trophy.  Judging criteria will include: appearance (style & presentation), originality, participation, and audience response.  The 2017 Grand Old Day Prade "Best In Show" winner will be announced following the completion of the event via Instagram and Facebook. 

You must read through all guidelines before beginning to fill out the online application.

There will be a non-refundable application fee of $150 for applications received after Friday April 7, 2017 and a $250 non-refundable application fee for application received after Friday May 5, 2017.

Upon completion of the online application, submit the appropriate payment to: GABA, 752 Grand Avenue, Suite 1, St. Paul, MN 55105.   Your application will not be processed for acceptance until payment is received (check only). 

In addition, you must upload your Certificate of Insurance on the application form or by sending it to GABA, 752 Grand Avenue, Suite 1, St. Paul, MN 55105 or Your insurance certificate must name Grand Avenue Business Association as an additional insured.  Amount must be no less that $1,000,000 per incidence. 

Once your application has been accepted, your payment will be deposited.  This will be the first confirmaton of acceptance. Make sure to save or print a copy of all information for yourself.

We are looking forward to another exciting and fun-filled Grand Old Day this year! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 651-699-0029 or


PDF icon 2017_GROD_Parade_Information.pdf1.89 MB

Parade Fee Per Unit:

Participation in the Parade is measured in units. A unit is defined as: one vehicle or float with up to 10 walkers OR one organization’s marching contingent of up to 25 people OR marching band or performance group OR one political candidate.

Groups or individuals marching/riding together must pay the appropriate fees – for example: if you have 2 vehicles, you would apply for 2 parade units OR if your marching contingent is more than 25 people OR if your parade entry is supporters for 2 political candidates you would apply for 2 parade units. If you have questions, please e-mail

Types & Fees

  • Business/Organization - $300 per unit
  • Political Candidate - $250 per unit
  • Non-Profit Organization - $125 per unit

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, April 7, 2017.  Applications received between April 8, 2017 and May 5, 2017 will be assessed an additional application fee of $150, no exceptions.  Applications received after May 5, 2017 will be assessed an additional application fee of $250, no exceptions. Due to the limits of the parade, we cannot ensure every applicant’s participation. No applications accepted after Friday, May 26.


Grand Old Day Parade Applicant Agreement

Initial below to indicate your agreement to the following:
  • The Applicant understands that this Agreement is binding on all officers, members, agents or employees of the individual, organization, agency or business named above and that said individual, organization, agency or business is aware of and will abide by all stated and implied Parade policies and agree to follow the instructions of the officers, directors, coordinators, agents and volunteers of Grand Old Day/Grand Avenue Business Association.
  • GABA reserves the right to remove any person or unit from the Parade assembly area or from the Parade who is, in its sole discretion and opinion, posing a hindrance to the safety or progress of the Parade, is placing other participants or spectators in physical danger and/or is violating the implied or stated Parade policies or the terms of the Guidelines, Application and/or this Agreement.
  • The Applicant further agrees to (1) waive, release and discharge from any and all liability for their death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft or actions of any kind which may hereafter accrue to them and/or their business/organization, GABA and its officers, directors, agents and employees; GABA’s corporate sponsors and their officers, agents and employees; and the City of St. Paul and its officers, agents and employees; and (2) indemnify and hold harmless GABA and its officers, directors, agents and employees; GABA’s corporate sponsors and their officers, agents and employees; and the City of St. Paul and its officers, agents and employees from any and all liabilities and claims made by other individuals or entities as a result of their and/or their business’/organization’s actions during the Parade.
  • The Applicant understands that Parade fees are non-transferable and no Parade space may be reassigned or otherwise transferred to a third party without the permission of GABA.
  • Grand Old Day is a rain or shine event and parade fees will not be refunded if parade is canceled due to dangerous or severe weather or any other acts of God.
  • Initialing of this Agreement also affirms that acceptance as a Parade contingent by GABA does not imply an endorsement by or affiliation with GABA.
  • Applicant may not use GABA’s or Grand Old Day's name, logos, trademarks and/or copyrighted materials without the express written permission of GABA.
  • The individual signing on behalf of the individual, organization, agency or business named in the attached Application has read, clearly understood and agrees to the terms contained in this Agreement as well as the Application and Guidelines.
  • By initialing below, I hereby declare that all information provided on this Agreement and Application by me is true, correct and complete.
  • Failure to initial below will result in your application being rejected.
  • I have read and understood the Grand Old Day Parade Information and Guidelines document.