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2019 Big Parade Registration Opens

Post Date:05/13/2019 4:08 PM

Sioux City’s Big Parade and Mardi Gras Festivale is celebrating its 25th year in Sioux City on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM and we want you to participate!

On average Big Parade boasts over 40 parade entrants, 100,000 beads, and 30,000 parade-goers!

The Big Parade will continue its Louisiana-style Mardi Gras theme. We already have entertainment groups lining up along with other entrants, so we encourage you to save your spot early!

The parade entry fee is only $65 for businesses and $55 for non-profits, which covers a full box of over 700 beads to toss out to the waiting crowds! Additional boxes of beads can be purchased at the Tyson Events Center for $55 per box.

Only beads and candy can be thrown during the Big Parade. If you would like to throw additional branded items from your business or organization, we’d love to help! Please contact Meghan Calvagna at 712-224-6429 or by email at

We would like to emphasize the walking tradition of the Parade. We still allow vehicles; however, we do require a detailed description of the vehicle type with your application. All vehicles must be decorated for the parade in order to participate. There is a two-vehicle limit per parade entry and a $55 charge per additional vehicle will apply.

Additionally, the high-energy Mardi Gras Festivale is taking over the Tyson Events Center immediately following the Big Parade! Enjoy the costume show, live music, and kids activities for free, or purchase a reserved seat that includes an authentic “Taste of Louisiana” Cajun dinner!

To reserve your space, please complete the application below and return by Friday, June 14 to the Tyson Events Center Box Office or email to
Laissez les bons temps rouler!! (Let the good times roll!!)

Big Parade Entry Form

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