Desoto Parade

DeSoto Grand Parade

Saturday April 25, 2020

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With over 150 entries, the De Soto Grand Parade is one of the largest and oldest parades in Southwest Florida. Tens of thousands of people will line the streets of Bradenton to view the illuminated floats and catch a glimpse of our new Hernando DeSoto, Captain of Crewe and their newly crowned Queen and Princess.  Beads, coins and other fun items are handed to the crowd throughout the night.

The Parade steps off at 6:30pm from Manatee High School, so get there early to get the best possible view.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the parade route and how long is it?

What is the parade route and how long is it?

The parade begins at Manatee High School at the corner of 9th Avenue West and 30th Street West.  The total route is 2.5 miles.

Where is staging?
What time should we arrive?
When will I know my staging location?
I have beads and supplies to load on my float, can I drive into the staging area to get close to my float?
Where can I park?
Where does the parade end?

Parade Entry Form

Click here to open the on-line entry form for this year's parade.  Don't stress, it's quick and easy and you can securely pay your entry fee with a credit card, or mail your check to us.

General Release Form

Download and print this form after you have completed your application ... our insurance company wants everyone participating in your entry to sign it.   You can then fax or mail it to us, or bring it to staging with you.

Parade Digital Advertising

Promote your business during the DeSoto Grand Parade. Your ad will receive up to 180, 5 second exposures on a mobile digital billboard board that will travel through the parade route and seen by over 100,000 people.

Rules and Regulations

Please read the rules and regulations to make sure your entry is in compliance ... we just want to keep everyone safe.

2020 Grand Parade Entry Fees

Commercial/Private Businesses……..  $695.50
Krewes/Non-Profit………………………….. $481.50
Schools (Not bands)……………………….. $481.50
Government……………………………………. $481.50

Bands (Marching or Performing)……… Free
Elected Officials……………………………… Free
Digital Advertising ………………………….. $250
Turnkey Float Rental with Tow………….. Call

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Fostering and facilitating an appreciation of Manatee County’s Spanish - American heritage and cultural alliances through special events, community collaborations and charitable giving Since 1939

6404 Manatee Ave. W. Suite G. 
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 747-1998
info@desotoHQ.com
Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 5:00 
Sat - Sun: Closed

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