Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
43rd Annual Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
Theme: A Gingerbread Christmas
December 2, 2023 (inclement weather date Friday, December 8)
at 6:00pm on Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA
Presented by the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce
Visit beautiful Chincoteague Island and celebrate an annual Christmas tradition - the Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade! The parade will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Maddox Boulevard, head down Main Street, and end at the old Fire House so attendees can see enchanting floats, bands, marching units, decorated boats, fire companies from across the Eastern Shore, equestrian teams, classic cars, and more. Keep an eye out for Santa too! Entries may stop at the Judge's Stand in front of Chincoteague Island Library for a short performance.
The Chincoteague Police Department will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for their Annual Toy Run during the parade. Please consider making a donation and help put smiles on the faces of less-fortunate children this holiday season.
Festivities continue after the parade at the Chincoteague American Legion Post 159, 4023 Main Street. Visit with Santa while enjoying hot dogs and refreshments provided by the Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague.
Please note, there will be no awards ceremony. Winners will be announced on Facebook and website and contacted by the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce for pick up arrangements.
Parade entry applications are available by clicking the links below. Entry deadline is November 19.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to insurance liabilities, all entries in the parade (judged or not judged) MUST submit a parade entry form in order to participate in the parade. No walk-on entries will be allowed.
For more information, call 757-336-6161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Parade Winners
Special thanks to the following:
Town of Chincoteague Public Works Department - Set up/Clean up
Chincoteague Police Department - Traffic Control
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company - Contacting Santa to visit from the North Pole
Chincoteague Combined and Elementary Schools - Parade Staging
Chincoteague Island Library - Judge's Stand
Chincoteague American Legion Post 159 - After Parade Host
Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague - Refreshments
Rebecca Hudson, NASA Wallops Flight Facility - Mistress of Ceremonies
Pastor Philip Bennicoff, Island Baptist Church - Invocation
Bill and Kristan Allman, Channel Bass Inn - Judges
Katie O'Shea, Island Community House - Judge
Chincoteague Island Boy Scout Troop 323 - Set up
Our amazing volunteers who help with set up and lineup
Thank you also to everyone that participated in and attended the Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. Congratulations to our winners!
1st Place - Beach Bay Realty
2nd Place - Derrickson Construction
1st Place - Museum of Chincoteague Island
2nd Place - North Accomack Little League Baseball
1st Place - All About Dance Academy
2nd Place - Chincoteague Island Boy Scout Troop 323
2nd Place - n/a
1st Place - Northern Virginia Firefighters
UPDATED: 12/1/2023 10:00am - Below is the 2023 Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade line-up. We are keeping an eye on the weather and will make a final decision by noon Saturday. Postponement information will be noted here and on our Facebook page.
2023 Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Line-Up
FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL PARTICIPANTS, PLEASE APPROACH THE LINE UP BY GOING STRAIGHT ON MADDOX BOULEVARD, TURING LEFT ON DEEP HOLE ROAD, AND TURNING LEFT ON HALLIE WHEALTON SMITH DRIVE. FROM THERE START LOOKING FOR YOUR LINE UP NUMBER. SPACES CONTINUE BY TURNING LEFT ON MAIN STREET.
NORTH MAIN STREET FROM MADDOX BOULEVARD TO THE CHINCOTEAGUE COMBINED SCHOOL IS VERY NARROW. MAKING A “U-TURN” WILL BE DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS TO OTHER PARADE PARTICIPANTS.
CHINCOTEAGUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARKING LOT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR EXTRA PARKING/STAGING.
Due to insurance liabilities, all entries in the parade (judged or not judged) MUST submit a parade entry form and waiver in order to participate in the parade.
No walk-on entries will be allowed.
Participants Staging On Main Street SOUTH Of Maddox Boulevard
US Coast Guard Color Guard
Chincoteague Police Department
Town of Chincoteague – Mayor and Town Council
Accomack County Sheriff's Department
Accomack County Supervisor Billy Joe Tarr
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company
Participants Staging On Main Street NORTH Of Maddox Boulevard And On Hallie Whealton Smith Drive
1 Town of Chincoteague EMS
2 Pony Express Trolley
3 Miss Chincoteague Pageant
4 American Legion Riders Post 159
5 Girl Scout Troop 371
6 Chincoteague High School Band
7 USCG Station Chincoteague
8 USCG Aids to Navigation Team Chincoteague
9 Cub Scout Pack 323
10 Boy Scout Troop 323
11 Atlantic Volunteer Fire & Rescue
12 Oak Hall Rescue
13 Virginia Marine Police
14 Christmas Cruisers
15 Northern Virginia Firefighters Pipes and Drums
16 NALL Tee Ball (see below)
17 NALL Coach Pitch (see below)
18 NALL Softball (see below)
19 NALL Baseball (see below)
20 A&N Electric Cooperative
21 Beach Bay Realty (see below)
22 Chincoteague Cart Club
23 Union Baptist Church (see below)
24 Goldsborough's Marine
25 All About Dance Academy (see below)
26 Hoof Beats by the Beach 4H Club (see below)
27 Hubbmuscle Personal Training & Nutrition Center
28 Greenwood Fire Company
29 Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department
30 Powellville Volunteer Fire Company
31 Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department
32 Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company
33 Jellystone Chincoteague Island
34 Second Hand Sunshine Thrift Store
35 Eastern Shore Phoenix Fire (see below)
37 Jr. Woman's Club of Pocomoke City
38 Taylor Street Cowboys (see below)
39 Museum of Chincoteague Island (see below)
40 Delmarva Riders Riding Club
41 Lower Somerset Ambulance & Rescue
42 Marion Fire Department
43 Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Company
44 Crisfield Fire Department
45 Peraton (see below)
46 The Bridge
48 Boggs Water & Sewage
49 Tri-Meta Wellness Center
50 Chincoteague Legacy Group
51 Lewis Home Solutions
52 Parksley Volunteer Fire Company
53 Saxis Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company
54 SCSC Wallops Island MWR
55 Island Baptist Church (see below)
56 Northampton Marching Band (see below)
57 Dollar General
58 Derrickson Construction
59 Nancy Kupelian (see below)
60 Bottom’s Up Tiki Tours
61 Oak Hall Tire & Wrecker
62 Girdletree Volunteer Fire Company
63 Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company
64 Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company
65 Shore Professional Services
66 Arcadia High School Marching Firebirds (see below)
67 West Plumbing
68 Barnes Truck & Equipment Repair
69 Greenbackville Volunteer Fire Department
70 New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue
71 Bob’s Texaco
72 Junior Miss Delmarva
73 Teaguer’s Pub
74 Moe’s Service Center
75 After Hours Hay Services
76 Chincoteague Pony Drill Team (see below)
Participants Staging In The Chincoteague Combined School Parking Lot
Stage So You Are Facing Main Street.
You Will Be Directed To Your Place In Line As It Comes Along.
VIEW STAGING MAP
16 NALL Tee Ball
17 NALL Coach Pitch
18 NALL Softball
19 NALL Baseball
23 Union Baptist Church
25 All About Dance Academy
35 Eastern Shore Phoenix Fire
39 Museum of Chincoteague Island
47 Washington High School Marching Band
55 Island Baptist Church
56 Northampton Marching Band
66 Arcadia High School Marching Firebirds
Equestrian Group Staging
Equestrian Groups Have Been Provided A Grassy, Lighted Area To Prepare.
VIEW STAGING MAP
21 Beach Bay Realty – South End of Donald Leonard Park
26 Hoof Beats by the Beach 4H Club – South Center of Donald Leonard Park
38 Taylor Street Cowboys – North Center of Donald Leonard Park
59 Nancy Kupelian – North of Donald Leonard Park
76 Chincoteague Pony Drill Team – Corner of Main Street and Hallie Whealton Smith Drive
Line up begins at 5pm. Please be reminded that there are numerous children's groups, so please drive slowly to your lineup position and follow the the LINE UP PROTOCOL.
Please form in the designated areas and await directions to your place in line.
Portable restrooms will be located in Donald Leonard Park & on Hallie Whealton Smith Drive.
All aspects of entry must be appropriate for all ages, as parade is a family-friendly event.
All motorized vehicles must be registered, insured, and driven by a licensed operator.
Burn outs, wheelies, or other maneuvers that can be dangerous to participants or spectators ARE PROHIBITED!
Parade participants riding on a parade entry must remain seated, or if standing be secured in place by an adequate safety strap or harness, throughout entire length of parade.
Throwing candy or other items is prohibited. Items must be handed to spectators and the distribution is the sole responsibility and liability of the parade participant.
Please leave distance between entries and use extra caution when the group ahead of you has children or walkers.
Animals, including but not limited to horses, ponies, dogs, and goats, must be controlled by handlers at all times and participants assume full responsibility and liability for their actions.
Parade officials have authority to remove any parade entry for violation of any of the above rules.
PLEASE JOIN US AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 159, 4023 MAIN STREET, AFTER YOU COMPLETE THE PARADE FOR REFRESHMENTS AND VISITS WITH SANTA!
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE AND ON THE CHINCOTEAGUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FACEBOOK PAGE THE EVENING OF THE PARADE AND WILL BE CONTACTED THE FOLLOWING WEEK TO ARRANGE AWARD PICK UP.
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING AND ON BEHALF OF THE CHINCOTEAGUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!