Thanks to everyone for a great 2018 Parade!! Special thanks to DASH for the shuttle busses! Thanks to the Police, Sheriff's Office, Fire and EMS Personnel for keeping us safe, City T&ES & Recreation Departments for helping us in ways too many to list. Thanks to the Royal Restaurant for a terrific post-parade reception! Thanks to the Civil Air Patrol cadets for helping us marshal the Parade. Thanks to VisitAlexandria for helping to get the word out about this Celebration! It is a team effort and there are lots of Kudos to go around.
The Next Parade is on Monday, February 18, 2019
...George Washington's Day.
Registration begins the day after Labor Day. Our focus will be on Music and Performing Arts so if you are a performing group we want to hear from you!
Upload your Parade Pictures!! (...so we can share them):
Send an e-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and attache your photos. Any size, almost any format (raw images, JPG, TIFF, PSD (Photoshop), GIF, PNG and more); OR upload directly via https://www.yogile.com/gwparade2018/upload# (no need to set up an account, just close the popup window and drag your photos on to the page). See the album at www.yogile.com/gwparade2018.
Experience the Parade!
The annual George Washington Birthday Parade is held annually on the third Monday in February. It winds through a one-mile route along the historic streets of Old Town on President's Day. It is the oldest and largest, thanks to thousands of participants. More programs scheduled throughout the birthday weekend make it the cornerstone of a month of celebratory events. You can view (and download) a map of the Parade Route in the Parade Logistics section below. Check the Status section of this website for up-to-date information or call the Hotline (below) if you have questions.
2018 Parade Awards!
1st Place - City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums (CAPD)
1st Place - U. S. Shetland Pony Racing
2nd Place - Carriages of the Capital
1st Place - Caribbean Cruisers Car Club
2nd Place - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Alexandria Office
3rd Place - Quarter Mile Cruisers
Community & Fraternal Organizations
1st Place - The Patriot Flag
2nd Place - Tinkus Kay'sur
3rd Place - The Little Theatre of Alexandria
1st Place - U. S. Shetland Pony Racing
1st Place - FaLun DaFa of Washington, DC
2nd Place - Adventure Park USA
3rd Place - Hard Times Chili Truck
1st Place - Ebony Doughboys
2nd Place - First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line
3rd Place - Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society
Honor Guards & Color Guards
1st Place - Old Line Liberty Color Guard
2nd Place - Alexandria Police Department Motorcycle Escort
3rd Place - Knights of Columbus - Potomac Assembly #2204
Military Units & Drill Teams
1st Place - G.O.D.S.S Marines
2nd Place - Magnus Temple #3 Marching Patrol
1st Place - Port Chester High School Marching Band
2nd Place - Freedom High School "Soul Squad" Marching Eagle Band
1st Place - Girl Scout Troop 395
2nd Place - Daisy Troop 60028
3rd Place - Cub Scout Pack 614
“Spirit of Washington”
1st Place - First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line
2nd Place - The Patriot Flag
EVENTS HOTLINE. The committee maintains a 24-hour phone line that will report any change of status or the cancellation of any event (in case of inclement weather, for instance). Call the EVENTS HOTLINE (703) 829-6640 at any time.
Join the Parade!
If your organization wants to march in the parade please complete this Parade Information Form (Marching Unit Registration). This form will be posted after Labor Day (beginning September 4, 2018). Once your registration is received your unit will be listed under Registered Units. Questions and feedback are encouraged so if you are not sure about something, have a comment or suggestion, or need assistance, please contact us via email@example.com. Registered units are eligible for recognition in Parade promotional materials and awards.
Volunteer! (We need YOU)
We need help with a wide variety of tasks, especially Parade Marshals and Dignitary Drivers. Go toe the VOLUNTEER page to sign up. Training is on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 4 until 5 p.m. at the American Legion Ballroom at 400 Cameron Street, Alexandria, 22314. (If you can't attend the in-person training, we will train you on line. Training documents will be posted with the other documents (below) on February 15, 2019.
Parade Participant Documents:
The Parade Marching Units shows the Parade March Order, web address (if any), and a description of each marching unit. The Rules + Procedures will give you all the logistical information, like what time to line up, how to check in, first aid, parking, and much more in a brief two-page document. Maps can be downloaded and distributed to individuals in your group (as can all documents). Announcements to Units is a compilation of e-mail messages to registered units...review this information to stay up-to-date.
Parade Marching Units