Be a Volunteer

We’re looking for individuals and groups to get involved! Volunteer roles include parade marshals, parade staging, hospitality and so much more.
Enjoy this rewarding volunteer experience and give back this holiday season by signing up now! Go to to start your application today.
If you have any questions about being a volunteer, please e-mail us at

Be Part of the Parade

Entrants are closed for 2017. If you have any questions, please contact

Show off your stuff to thousands of parade-goers and television viewers as your group marches down the streets for Grand Rapid’s largest holiday parade. Simply fill out and send in your parade application and then get creative! Pick your favorite holiday tune and create your entry. We are looking for fabulous floats, decked out vehicles, walkers in themed holiday attire/costumes, mascots and lots of music!

Be a Premiere Marching Band

The parade is looking for local marching bands wanting to show off their stuff this holiday season. Bands do receive compensation to off-set their travel expenses and the Art Van Santa Parade hosts a “Best Band Competition” where one marching band will take home a $1,000 grand prize!