The 2018 Reisterstown Festival Parade

Thank you to all parade participants
And congratulations to all of them
2018 parade award winners

2018 Reisterstown Festival Parade sponsored by weis

Fire Company:

The Parade is awarding each department a donation in appreciation of their 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

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. It's free and you can win awards! Registrations that meet the Festival's criteria will receive lineup and other instructions prior to the festival. Click here to register!

  • 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 route to help them direct you in keeping the area clear for other participants .

Please do not stop in front of the Judges / Reviewing stand for any reason, special performance, etc..  All Parade performances must be done while still moving forward as you normally would along the parade route.  Stopping to perform will disqualify you from any awards.

Local officials and candidates for office are welcome to participate the parade following a set of procedures designed to ensure that no preferential treatment is given these participants over any other participants. Assignment of parade order is based on the order of Candidates on a voting ballot: highest position to most local office. Officials/Candidates or their designees should contact the Parade Coordinator at for more specific information.

Register to be in Reisterstown festival parade

Coming September 7 And 8, 2019!