It is Iowa's largest parade and it kicks off Iowa's largest summer celebration, the Iowa State Fair. Traditionally 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 Iowa State Fair Moments, August 9-19, 2018.

Applications forms are available for the following categories. Prize plaques are awarded in each category. Deadline to enter is July 1, 2018.

Floats & Novelty Units Application 
Horses Application
Marching Band Application
Walking & Performing Groups Application

Email with questions.

Please return completed entry/description form, liability release, and $25 entry fee postmarked on or before July 1, 2018 to:

Tonya Cook
Iowa State Fair Parade
PO Box 57130
Des Moines, Iowa 50317

Please enclose $15 late fee if postmarked after July 1, 2018. We will not accept any entries after July 15th.

2018 Iowa State Fair Moments Parade is Wednesday, August 8 at 6:15 p.m.