July 3rd Parade, powered by VSECU

March in the Parade

Whether you’re marching or watching, the July 3rd Parade, powered by VSECU, is Montpelier’s must-see event of the year! We are always looking for fun and exciting entrants to our one-of-a-kind Parade, so if you have a musical act, a group of friends or colleagues, or a special talent, we hope you'll join us! Plus, all participants are invited to compete in the Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition (details below). Get your creative juices flowing, “march green,” come visit the VSECU team before or after the parade at their tent on the State House lawn, and most importantly, have fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to register to be in the parade. 

Union Mutual Parade Competition

Union Mutual of Vermont LogoParade Participants are invited to compete in the Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition. Competitors are challenged to create patriotic floats, costumes, decorations and banners showcasing Green Initiatives and/or Artistic Talent.We are looking for entries that use reclaimed and re-purposed discarded items, and/or items that can be recycled after parade and/or move through the parade using an electric vehicle, animals or people power (pulling, cycling). As well, show off your artistic and performance talents through music, dancing, puppeteers, clowns, cyclist, gymnasts -- whatever your talent, we want to see it! The Union Mutual July 3rd Parade Competition will feature two categories: Best Performance and Best "Green" Float/Entry. The following prizes will be awarded in each category: Grand Prize $1000, Second Place $300, and Third Place $200. Winners will be determined by spectator voting.

Enter the July 3rd Trophy Sculpture Contest

Montpelier Alive invites local artists to submit proposals for a sculpture that will be used as the Best Green Parade Entry Award. The trophy sculpture should be made from recyclables or from repurposed discarded items and celebrate the patriotic and/or green theme of the July 3rd Union Mutual Parade Competition. The winner will receive a $250 prize and have their artwork displayed during the July 3rd Independence Day Celebration and at City Hall during the year. The winner will also be invited to participate in the Independence Day Parade as the July 3rd Trophy Sculpture Contest Winner.  

Congratulations to our winner, Shannon Gilmore!

Parade Route

The July 3rd Parade, powered by VSECU, starts at the Spring Street roundabout, travels down Main Street and State Street in front of the State House, ending just before Bailey Avenue. Parade viewing is best on Main Street and State Street. This year vendors will be located on the DMV side of State Street only. Parade viewing will be great from the State House side of the street.

Can't make it downtown? ORCA Media will be livecasting and streaming the parade! Tune in to channel 15 at 6 p.m. or visit the ORCA Media website.

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