35th Annual Holiday Parade will be Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 6 PM

Holiday Parade 2022
Holiday Parade 2022

Downtown Auburn BID’s  35th Annual Holiday Parade will be Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 6PM in downtown Auburn.

Holiday Parade & City Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6PM

Everyone loves a parade, and Downtown Auburn is a great place to see one. This parade is a popular community tradition, beginning at the corner of East Genesee & North Fulton Streets atop of East Hill. The route travels west along Genesee Street, through the heart of Downtown, and turns left onto William Street. It continues around the City Parking Garage on Lincoln Street and ends at Memorial City Hall, followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony on the front steps.

Groups Battle for Float Prize Money

For many years, the BID has awarded cash prizes for the best parade floats. They are judged based on creativity, holiday theme, enthusiasm of those participating, and ability to identify the group/organization that created the float. The first-place float is awarded $150, second prize is $100 and third prize is $75. Winners are announced following the parade. This year, the float prizes are generously sponsored by Tompkins Community Bank.
Local businesses and community organizations partake with floats, music, and holiday performances. Parade favorites include Skaneateles Dickens characters, the Ghost Busters of CNY, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, and the Undead Street Crew. This year, we are so excited that Auburn High School Vanguard Marching Band is coming onboard. Cheer on your favorites, as participants compete for cash prizes in the top-three float competition.
As tradition, Santa & Mrs. Claus will be the featured highlight at the end of the parade, on the Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center’s float. After the parade, come to City Hall steps and join the City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus. This is always a crowd favorite that gets everyone in the spirit. BID thanks our co-sponsor the City of Auburn for their support of this event.
Holiday Parade Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/504352081540109/

For a complete list of Auburn Downtown BID's Holiday Events and Promotions Click Here.

Dear Community Members,

Downtown Auburn BID & the City of Auburn are grateful to invite you & your family, business or organization to be part of this year’s Holiday Parade with all of its tradition & excitement. 

Celebrate the holidays with the community by creating a float for fun or for the competition. There is no fee to enter and cash prizes are given to the three top floats, generously sponsored by Tompkins Community Bank. First place receives $150; second place receives $100, and third receives $75. The judging is based on holiday theme, creativity, enthusiasm, and how easily the float is identified, by who created it.

Winners are announced at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on City Hall steps, following the parade. So, start thinking about your float; it can be complex or as simple as you wish - as long as it's a holiday theme. We also encourage incorporating holiday music on floats as well.


Signs on E. Genesee Street will indicate where your organization or business is located in the parade. The line-up will start assembling at 5:15PM at the intersection of North Fulton and E. Genesee Streets on the north side of the street, and continue east towards Perry Street.

To be a part of the parade, click here to complete the participation form and email it back to jesse@auburndowntown.org by Monday, November 14. If you have questions, please call me at 315.730-4622. If you'd like to be removed from this list, please let me know that as well.

Instructions & lineup information will be sent the week of the parade. Our coordination is completely electronic, so please share your best e-mail address, and add jesse@auburndowntown.org to your contacts so messages don’t go to spam. Also please regularly check your inbox for information regarding this event.

Thanks so much for your time & efforts and we look forward to another great event!


Jesse Kline

Assistant Director, Downtown Auburn BID