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Annual Parades in the Washington, DC Area

A Calendar of Holiday Parades

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Annual Parades in the Washington, DC Area
© Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade

Everyone loves a parade! The Washington, DC area hosts several holiday parades throughout the year. Here is a calendar of annual parades held in Washington, DC and the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia.

February
Chinese New Year Parade
Chinatown, Washington, DC. Begin the new year with Chinese dragon dances, live musical performances, and more.

George Washington Birthday Parade
Alexandria, Virginia. "The largest Parade Celebrating Washington’s Birthday in the USA!"

March
St. Patrick’s Day Parades
Washington, DC, Alexandria and Manassas, Virginia and Gaithersburg, Maryland. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this celebration of Irish cheer!

April
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Washington, DC. Celebrates the arrival of spring and the gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital.

May
Memorial Day Parade
Washington, DC. Parade in honor of those who have died serving our country.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Parade
Washington, DC. Thousands of motorcycles parade through the city calling for the government's recognition and protection of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs).

Hometown Holidays
Rockville, Maryland. A community Memorial Day celebration takes over the City of Rockville.

June
Capital Pride Parade
Washington, DC. The gay and lesbian community shows their spirit with an annual parade.

DC Caribbean Carnival
An annual Caribbean style parade staged along the Georgia Avenue corridor of Washington, DC.

July
Independence Day Parade
Washington, DC. The nation's capital celebrates the 4th of July with a patriotic parade.

4th of July Parades in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia
Many communities around the region celebrate the holiday with a parade.

September
Labor Day Parades
Gaithersburg, Maryland and Kensington, Maryland. Celebrating Labor Day and marking the end of summer.

November
Manassas Veterans Day Parade
Manassas, Virginia pays tribute to all veterans and active military with a community parade through the historic area.

Thanksgiving Parades
Reston, Virginia and Silver Spring, Maryland. Turkey Day celebrations.

December
Scottish Walk Parade
Alexandria, Virginia. Hundreds of Scottish clansmen with their bagpipes gather for the traditional favorite Scottish Walk Parade.

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade
Alexandria, Virginia. Dozens of festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River.

Eastport Yacht Club Parade of Lights
Annapolis, Maryland. During the annual holiday tradition boat owners show off their Christmas light decorations through the Annapolis Harbor.

Manassas Christmas Parade
Manassas, Virginia. The old fashioned Christmas parade kicks off the holiday season in this Northern Virginia town.

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