Everyone loves a parade

The streets are blocked. The politicians are out in force. There are queens and princesses. Floats are ready to roll down the street. There are children crying because they can’t see and a parade marshall who lost the ability to wave three blocks back. It is all part of the great adventure called a parade.

There are many annual parades held in Washington:

Chinese New Years parade

This is a parade that centers in Chinatown in Washington, DC.  There is always a Chinese Dragon Dance. The theme is always connected to the year in Chinese astrology. The animal signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

St, Patrick’s Day parade

This parade is sponsored solely by the Irish pubs in Washington DC. The day is meant to be a family day. It is supposed to be a time for all to come together to celebrate the culture of the Irish.

National Cherry Blossom Festival parade

This is one of the biggest and well attended parades in Washington. It is a unique parade celebrating the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo.  After the parade there is a very large festival called the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. The festival goes over six blocks.  There are five stages for Japanese performances.

Memorial Day parade

Memorial Day is a solemn occasion. The parade is a military event.  Every state is represented by military units. There are traditional floats as well, but the theme is clearly about remembering those who have given their lives in the service of the country.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle parade

This is what some would say is “A wake up call parade”. It is hard to ignore 400,000 veterans pulling into town and riding down the street. They are there to bring attention to all the military prisoners of war and the those missing In action. It is a loud and amazing reminder.

Capital Pride parade

This is the gay and lesbian community parade. The parade is produced by the Capital Pride Alliance. There are many groups and alliances that participate in the parade. There are plenty of balloons and lots of color.

DC Caribbean Carnival

This a parade of everything Caribbean. The masqueraders, the dancing, the different styles of music and the colors are vibrant. Like many of the parades in Washington DC it is about sharing cultures with others.

Independence Day parade

This parade is all about the freedoms that are available to all the citizens of the United States as laid out by our forefathers. Everything American finds a home in this parade. It is one of the largest in the country.

So if parades are on your list of  fun events, give Washington DC a try. Everyone loves a parade.