Iowa's largest parade kicks off Iowa's largest summer celebration, the Iowa State Fair. Held the night before the Iowa State Fair each year, thousands gather to watch high school marching bands, floats, cool cars, and special causes as they stroll through downtown Des Moines.
From people to fun to memorable moments, the Iowa State Fair parade is the perfect start to make sure that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair, August 10-20, 2023.
2023 Official Entry Form - General
2023 Official Entry Form - Marching Bands
2023 Official Entry Form - Horses
The parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines on Wednesday, August 9, 2023. Spectators will be able to watch an estimated 200 floats, animals, vehicles, novelty and performing units. Staging will take place at the State Capitol Complex. The parade route starts at the State Capitol Complex and marches west on Grand to 15th Street. The parade will be broadcast live on Iowa PBS starting at 6:15 p.m.