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Joplin Christmas Parade


2023 Joplin Christmas Parade
"Rockin Around The Christmas Tree"

Brought to you by Freeman Health System

Tuesday, December 5, 2023
6:00 pm
Parade runs up Main Street from 15th Street to 2nd Street
The Grandstand and Judges Table are located at 8th and Main Street

Freeman Health System is proud to continue our ongoing support and sponsorship of the Annual Joplin Christmas Parade. We consider this a gift to the community we are so blessed to have served for the past 98 years, and we are honored to play a key role in bringing the parade to Joplin again this year.

We are limiting the non-school/band entrees to the first 75 that register. Limiting the parade entrants not only makes the pre-parade line up safer and more organized, it also takes into consideration the limited space we have for this year’s parade.

If you would like to enter your organization or business in the Joplin Christmas Parade, be sure you get your entry form filled out as soon as possible to ensure your participation in this great community event that is enjoyed by thousands.

Thank you for your participation in the 2023 Joplin Christmas Parade "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree". Together, with your commitment and participation, we know that this parade will be a success and be enjoyed by the members of our community. 


The Freeman Health System Christmas Parade Committee
For parade entries inquiries, please email


    1. All entries must be at their line-up position no earlier than 4:30 pm and no later than 5:45 pm. All entries will be sent a map of their lineup position and time to arrive prior to the parade. All entries must stay for the entirety of the parade.

    2. All entries MUST be decorated in the theme of the parade and should be designed for viewing from all sides. Entries for this year can be decorated both on and around the float or vehicle. Music is encouraged, but please keep music at a level that does not interfere with other entries on either side of you and be prepared to adjust the volume if requested.

    3. All entries must have their group or organization’s entry number visible to the judge’s eye for proper judging recognition. Your entry # card will be provided to you when you arrive.

    4. Entries are NOT ALLOWED to have or display a real-life Santa Claus on their float or driven vehicle. (Remember there is only one Santa, and he is already scheduled to be there!)

    5. Throwing anything from your float is strictly prohibited. Company promotion, candy, etc. may be HANDED to parade-goers.

    6. Trailers and vehicles must be road worthy and carry the appropriate motor vehicle insurance, if required by the State of Missouri.

    7. Driver vision must not be impeded.

    8. The exhaust system shall not create an obvious fire hazard, particularly relating to decorative materials from the float that may come in contact with hot vehicle parts. A minimum of 12 inches clearance must be provided around heat producing elements.

    9. Each parade apparatus must have a fire extinguisher on board with easy access by the occupants.

    10. Spare gas containers cannot accompany the parade vehicle or be staged along the parade route.

    11. Children under the age of 13 must remain seated on the parade apparatus at all times.

    12. A 1:3 ratio of adults to children under the age of 7 is required on all parade floats.

    13. Safe areas, including hand holds, must be constructed for all persons riding on any vehicle or float.

    14. Equestrian entries must provide their own clean up.

    15. Any and all animals in parade must have proof of updated vaccinations.

    16. Vendors must have appropriate insurance listing Freeman Health System & City of Joplin.

    17. No float can be over 13’ 6”

    18. No monkeys are allowed in the parade, as per Joplin Health Department Code.

    19. Each registration is limited to three vehicles per entry.