The 2021 Reisterstown Festival Parade

Thank you to all parade participants
And congratulations to all
2019 parade award winners

The Reisterstown Festival Parade Sponsored by Weis Markets

Fire Company:

The Festival awards each department a donation in appreciation of their parade participation!

Cool Car

1st – Tesla of Baltimore

2nd – Rockdale Towing


1st – Treasures of God Learning Center

2nd – Reisters Rollers

Judge’s Choice Awards:

Christian Ty and family with Lenny Robinson Tribute
Circus Camp Stars, Ensor Plumbing
The Cow, Boy Scout Troop 634

Watch the Parade

The Parade officially starts at 9:00am Saturday morning at the intersection of Cockeysmill Road & Main Street. The Parade travels south (Main Street becoming Reisterstown Road) and ends at the traffic light at Reisterstown Road & the Reisterstown Shopping Center (at the Franklin High School entrance).

To make your Parade experience more enjoyable and safe, here are some suggestions:

  • Although you may stand or sit along the curb and sidewalk, you may want to consider bringing a portable chair or blanket for more comfort.
  • Bring bottled water if hot or you might need a beverage.
  • Bring a camera or cell phone to take pictures. (If you post any pictures on Facebook, please tag our Facebook page – we want to see too!)
  • Please do not approach any Parade units. Let them come to you.
  • Here is the complete Parade Route map.  Note that some units will be turning into the Festival grounds prior to the actual end of the Parade so, to see all the units, it is best to watch from the areas prior to or around the judges stand.

Parade Participant Information

Can you imagine being in a parade- maybe building a float with your group or business, driving your classic car, skating, marching... Do it your way (within reason of course) in the Reisterstown Festival Parade! All are invited to register to walk, ride, or otherwise complete the parade route. This is a great way to show your community spirit and creativity and/or promote your group or business. Even better: it's fun, it's free, and you can win awards! Please read on to find out more about Festival Parade Day and a few important rules participants need to know (click both corresponding buttons), then scroll down the page to Register! Parade Registrations that meet the Festival's requirements will receive lineup and other instructions prior to the Festival.

  • All particpating units (except Marching Bands): please have a representative sign in at the registration table the day of the Parade as soon as you arrive. To help make it easier for you, it is recommended that you designate a person for this task and coordinate sign in accordingly. Only one person per unit needs to register. Tables will be open at 6:45am. Please try and register as early as possible (by 7:30am) to allow plenty of time to have all units lined up and any issues resolved before we start. There will be a registration table at Franklin Elementary School and another at Harvestview Road. See staging area maps.
  • Marching Bands are the only participants who  do not need o report to the Registration Table and do not have to display a unit number.
  • If you are also a Festival Vendor, you will be given a special Vendor parking pass at the registration table for entering the Festival grounds. Please contact the Parade Coordinator before Sept 3rd to confirm you receive the appropriate parking pass.

All participants should download and review the following pdf document with specific parade-related rules and regulations: Participant Rules & Regulations.

Here are some additional points to consider:

You may toss candy to spectators.  No other item is permitted to be distributed without the prior approval of the Parade Coordinator.

Vehicles – For safety reasons, no smoking of tires, burning rubber, reckless driving, etc.

Prominently display your unit number at all times (Marching Bands exempt). Vehicles should display their unit number on the front driver’s side window (low enough not to impair driver vision) or on driver’s side door.  This is particularly important at three points along the parade route:

1) At the staging area where the Parade begins.

2) Near Chartley Drive and Walgrove Road where there will be “Spotters” looking for your displayed assigned unit number.  (This ensures that your unit’s announcement is read in the correct order at the Reviewing / Judges stand.  If you fail to show your unit number at this point you “MAY” be disqualified from any trophies or awards.) and

3) At the Reviewing/Judges stand.  The Reviewing/Judges stand will be on your left near the traffic light at Hannah More Park.

All participants should go fully to the end of the route to the light at Reisterstown Shopping Center/Franklin High School so as not to disrupt the flow of other parade units.  (The Parade does not end at McDonald’s!)  Anyone who stops or disbands before the end MAY be disqualified from trophies or awards.

Please listen/watch out for Parade personnel at the end of the parade and help keep the route clear for other participants to finish.

Please do NOT stop in front of the reviewing stand (judges) for any performance, stunt, etc unless there is a stoppage in front of you/your group which blocks the route.  All Parade performances should be done while moving forward along the parade route.  Stopping unnecessarily to perform may disqualify you from parade awards.

Local officials and candidates for office are welcome to participate in the Festival Parade if they agree to follow our procedures to ensure that no preference or bias is given to any candidate or party vs another. To do this we assign positions in the parade based on the order of candidates on a voting ballot: highest position to most local office.  No requests for preferential positions will be granted to any candidates.  Officials/Candidates or their designees should contact the Parade Coordinator at for more specific information.

Plan to sign up to be in the Reisterstown Festival Parade!

It’s FREE!  Saturday, September 11, 2021!

(NEW DATE! Our 2020 Parade was cancelled due to COVID-19. Click HERE for more info)

Click Here to Register