Celebrate the Christmas season in Fairmont, West Virginia, by participating in our annual city Christmas parade. Entry is free - we're just happy you're participating. Entries can be walkers, cars/vans/trucks, floats, first responder vehicles, ATVs, tow trucks, and even cement trucks sometimes. If you can walk it or drive it, decorate it and come join our celebration and have fun!
Floats and large entries line up at 3:30, and the main parade line up at 4:00 p.m. We line up from the bottom of Everest Drive. Our parade is held in coordination with the Feast of the Seven Fishes, so we anticipate great crowds! Check out our Facebook (@FairmontChristmasParade) and Twitter (@FairmontChristm) pages for lineup, parade route, traffic, and other parade information.
The Fairmont Christmas Parade, sponsored and organized by the Fairmont Lions Club, is a family-oriented public activity designed to celebrate the Christmas season and to promote a positive atmosphere appealing to a general audience of Marion County residents and visitors to our city and county.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
We don't have ID requirements, but the person completing the registration and responsible for the entry must be at least 18 years old. We love having kids in our parade! Participants may be of any age so long as a responsible adult is in charge of the entry and present with the entry throughout lineup and the parade route.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please monitor our Facebook and Twitter pages for lineup, traffic, and other parade information. Parking is not available at the parade lineup, so you will need to park elsewhere and walk in or catch a ride with the parade entry vehicle. Parents who are dropping off children should like and monitor our social networking feeds for information about drop off and pickup locations close to the parade date; we love your children and want to make sure they stay safe.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
WE LOVE CANDY - well, and so do the kids along the parade route!!! We had a great meeting with Fairmont City Manager Robin Gomez about the candy throwing policy. The rumors that parade candy will be banned are not true. Here's the rule - if your feet are NOT literally on the ground when you give it out, candy should be carefully thrown and clear the vehicles' parade path; if your feet are literally on the ground when you give it out, you can distribute candy by handing it directly to spectators if you want or carefully throw it. We all just want to avoid encouraging children and other spectators from darting into the parade vehicle path to snag delicious treats!
If you are registering a group, please make sure your group only gets registered once. If you are including music, animals, or other aspects in your parade entry that might impact where we place you in the lineup, please make sure to let us know in your registration form.
Also, we supply Santa Claus, so no live, costumed imposters please!
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Marci Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (304) 367-9482 (be prepared to leave a message), call or text (304) 612-5151 (be prepared to leave a message), or our Facebook page/Facebook messenger.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, please! If your registration information changes, please update your information. We take several factors into account when we design and mark the lineup.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. What you need to be able to tell the person at the parade entry location is how your entry is listed (as in how you asked to have it listed in the newspaper lineup).
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Not so much. We take several factors into account when we design and mark the lineup. Also, our parade lineup should be printed in the local newspaper. If you need to change or cancel your entry, please update your entry. If someone else is interested in entering, please ask them to complete their own registration.