Parade Line-up

Participate in the 2019 Memorial Day Parade

The City of Falls Church welcomes City residents and our neighbors to participate in the Memorial Day parade. Bands, military groups, civic associations, antique vehicles, and floats are welcome. Download the Parade Entry Form. Applications are due March 15, 2019. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Parade Winners:

  • Best Marching Band (High School): George C. Marshall "Marching Statesmen"
  • Best Marching Band (Professional): Batala Washington 
  • Best Marching, Walking Group/Unit: Alma Bolivia 
  • Best Youth Group: McGrath Academy of Irish Dance 
  • Best Float: Goldfish Swim School 
  • Best Classic or Antique Car or Truck: American Lube Service Center 
  • Best Emergency/Fire Vehicle: Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Best Military Group: VFW Post 9274

The 2018 Parade Line-up 

1. American Legion Post #130
1a. Boy Scout Troop 349
32. Centro Cultural Boliva 
2. Sheriff's Office 33. Bikenetic
3. City of Falls Church Police Department
Honor Guard
34. Girl Scout Unit 14-50
4. Grand Marshal Midge Wang 35. Growing Smiles of Northern VA
5. Falls Church City Council 36. 1956 Pontiac Chieftain
6. Falls Church City Public Schools / School Board 37. John F. Nicoll Pipes & Drums
7. Memorial Day King and Queen 38. American Lube Service Center
8. Greater Falls Church Veterans Council 39. Blue Nectar Yoga
9. VFW Post 9274 40. Falls Church City Democratic Committee
10. Operation Earthwatch 41. Marcus Simon for Delegate
11. Marshall Marching Statesmen 42. Baroody Camps
12. Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department 43. Tinkus Kay'Sur USA
13. Daughters of the American Revolution 44. Goldfish Swim School
14. We Support the Girls 45. Rotary Club of Falls Church
45a. Rotary Club of Baileys Crossroads
15. Rolling Readers Precision Book Truck Drill Team 46. Dave and Melanie Elliot's 1947 Dodge Club Coupe
16. McGrath Academy of Irish Dance 47. Batala Washington
17. Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department 48. Kena Shrine Temple
18. Fairfax VA Chapter - Harley Owners Group 49. City of Falls Church - Public Works Operations 
19. Alma Boliviana 50. Falls Church - News Press
 20. Cub Scout Pack 681 51. Cub Scout Pack 657
21. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Safety Patrols 52. Robert Stilling and Family
22. League of Women Voters 52. Fraternidad Embajadores del Folklore 
23. Arlington County Fire Department 53. Kess Hair & Skincare
24. Falls Church Kiwanis Little League 55. Just Clowning Around
25. Golden Goddess 56. Maha Yoga
26. The Washington Scottish Pipe Band 57. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
27. South Lakes High School Army ROTC 58. Fraternidad Waca Wacas Tolata
28. Falls Church Youth Lacrosse 59. Enshin Karate/ KZMMA
29. Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority 60. Virginia International University
29a. Tinner Hill Blues Festival  61. Falun Dafa 
30. Jay Melton 62. The Kensington Falls Church
 31. Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence 
63. Tinkus Tiataco USA

Participant Information

Thank you for being a part of the 2018 Memorial Day Parade! Please follow these instructions to ensure a timely and safe parade experience for all.
  • Line up at your assigned staging location at 1 p.m.
  • No vehicles will be permitted at the staging locations unless they are part of the parade.
  • The parade steps off promptly at 2 p.m.
  • You are required to immediately follow the group in front of you so the parade moves smoothly and continuously. There will be staff placed throughout the parade route to ensure your group is moving. Groups that create gaps in the parade will not be allowed to return next year.
  • Stopping along the parade route is NOT permitted, including for performances. Participants are expected to immediately follow the group in front of them.
  • No throwing of objects of any kind (including candy) from vehicles or by any walker that would cause people to enter the parade route. Equipment and/or decorations may not obstruct the driver’s view. Police will be present to enforce.
  • No street vending or sales are permitted.
  • No confetti permitted.
  • Volume of music being played cannot be excessive. If your group is asked by event staff to lower the volume, you must comply. If you do not comply, you will not be permitted to participate next year. Staff may gage volume with the use of a sound measuring device.
  • You may perform up to a maximum of 3 minutes in front of the stage at the end of the parade. Each entry is given 3 minutes. If your group exceeds 3 minutes, you will be disqualified for any award. You are not required to perform.
  • At the end of the parade, please be near the stage to hear the winners announced.
  • There are low tree limbs and power lines as this is a residential route so plan your entry accordingly.
  • The parade – and the rest of the festival – is rain or shine.
  • Appropriate behavior is required at all times or you may be immediately dismissed from the parade.
  • Please make sure your group has adequate water prior to and throughout the parade route.
  • If you have any question prior to the event, call 703-248-5199. On Memorial Day, assistance will be provided at the stage area on Park Ave. or you may call 703-248-5027.