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! 





If you have any questions about being a volunteer, please e-mail us at

Be Part of the Parade

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!


2018 Entry Applications are now closed. Please check back in the spring of 2019 for next years application.

If you have any questions, please contact

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!

Signup now:
If you have any questions, please contact