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Monday, September 2, 2019

1 - 3 PM

The ever-popular Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade returns to the streets of Olde Towne. Now in its 81st year, this rain or shine event includes dance groups, antique cars and fire trucks, clowns, high school marching bands, and an assortment of community groups, equestrian units, and more.

March in the Parade

Are you interested in participating? The City seeks community groups and other organizations to march in the parade. This is a great way to be involved in the community and to get your group noticed, plus your unit might even win a special award. Note that participation in the Labor Day Parade by groups or organizations other than City of Gaithersburg officials, departments or committees does not constitute City of Gaithersburg endorsement.

Organizations & individual volunteers are also needed to distribute program booklets, assist with parade line up duties and participate as characters in the parade.

All registration forms must be returned with the Participant Agreement Form.

Know Before You Go

Free parking is available at Lakeforest Mall Transit Center where free shuttles will bring attendees to Gaithersburg Elementary School for a short walk to the start of the parade. For those who wish to view the parade in the shade along Russell Avenue, walk to that location from Lakeforest Mall Transit Center by way of Odendhal Avenue. Food vendors will be located at Olde Towne Plaza & the parking lot next to the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Fire Station, and treats will be sold along Russell Avenue.

Limited free parking is available in the Olde Towne garage, located at the corner of Olde Towne & Summit Avenues.  Accessible parking for those with disability placards or plates is available behind the Victor Litz store on the north side of Diamond Avenue and the Wells Lot behind the Shell station on South Summit Avenue.

Parade attractions include:
Don’t miss Uncle Sam on stilts, a patriotic parade staple. Coin collectors and kids of all ages love collecting each year’s unique Labor Day Parade coins, which are handed out by the Gaithersburg Mayor & City Council from their festive trolley. Little ones are thrilled to collect candy and stickers, given out by various organizations and candidates running for political office. Bands and dancers from all around the world, including Bolivia, Panama, and China, share their cultures with the crowd. County high schools march to classic and contemporary tunes with dynamic drumlines and color guards. Athletic groups, such as skateboarders, roller derby competitors, and cheerleaders, display their skills. Expect visits from a variety of movie characters and business mascots each year. Classic cars, shiny motorcycles, and antique rescue vehicles and a variety of fire trucks drive along the route. The parade features a wide variety of units and delights patrons with its whimsical and community atmosphere.

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