Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

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Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

UPDATE 11/17/2020 – After much consideration, the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel this year’s Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 5th. With the new state guidelines limiting all public and private in-person gatherings to 25 individuals and with the safety of our participants, essential workers, volunteers, and staff as our highest priority, this is the best public safety decision. Even a drive-thru parade would have its risks. We know this is another disappointment, but we are already working on some other special happenings because this is still a Season of Thankfulness and we still have so much to be thankful for. Stay tuned for more details here and at


41st Annual Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
Theme: A Season of Thankfulness
December 5, 2020 (inclement weather date Friday, December 11)
6:00 p.m. (NEW TIME)
Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA


Visit beautiful Chincoteague Island and celebrate an annual Christmas tradition – the Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade! 

There will be some changes to the parade this year due to continued social distancing guidelines. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

The parade begins at a new time this year – 6:00 p.m. and the parade route has been extended! The parade will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Maddox Boulevard, head down Main Street and end at Bunting Road. Attendees are asked to spread out across the parade route for safety to see enchanting floats, bands, marching units, decorated boats, fire companies from across the Eastern Shore, equestrian teams, classic cars, and more. The parking lot on the waterfront across from the Carnival Grounds will be open for parking. Keep an eye out for Santa too! Entries WILL NOT stop at the Judge’s Stand to perform. Face masks/coverings are strongly encouraged.

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.

Watch the parade from the comfort of your home, as it will also live stream on the Chamber Facebook page

There will be no awards ceremony, visits with Santa or refreshments provided after the parade. Awards will be given and pick up arrangements will be made when winners are notified. 

Parade entry applications are available by clicking the links below. Entry deadline is November 20.

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

Thank you to our parade sponsor Taylor Bank


2020 Parade GENERAL Entry Form

2020 Parade FIRE COMPANY Entry Form

2020 Parade MARCHING BAND Entry Form


Parade line up map and numbers will be available here after noon on Friday, December 4.




Parade Line Up Map
Park and School Staging



Enhance your Chincoteague Island experience with events happening throughout the year; including the Easter Decoy & Art Festival, Chincoteague Seafood Festival and Chincoteague Oyster Festival.

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