BE A ‘STAR`’ — Dance down Broadway and join over 10,000 dancers moving and grooving to over 80 styles of dance in the 13th Annual Dance Parade! Parade registration is open to everyone who commits to dancing in the Parade.  The registration fee for groups is now $99 and an additional $125 if you will bring a vehicle to transport a sound system.  There is no fee if you're joining an already registered group and under-resourced groups may apply for a scholarship fee waiver ahead of the deadline April 10th. Come dance with us Saturday May 18th!

Individual Dancer: Free

As a member of a group or newbie to a group. Everyone must register:

Generally, individual Dancers can join Dance Groups who do not have coordinated costumes or choreography. Check out the See The Parade page for a list of groups designated as "Open" to join!

Group: $99 + optional $125 vehicle

(i.e. Dance Company, School, Nightclub, Burning Man Camp, etc):

In addition to the promotional benefits from website & printed program listings, group registration also includes free registration for DanceFest at the conclusion of the parade and our Community Engagement Programs throughout the year. Both DanceFest and our Community Engagement Programs offer payments for teaching and performances.


April 10, Deadline to register for a scholarship fee waiver

April 21, Deadline to register to perform for DanceFest

April 28th (Sunday) 1-2:15pm, Parade Group Coordinators Meeting for Registered Groups, Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, Studio 3G 440 Lafayette Avenue, New York, NY 10003 -- Promotional outing after 2:30 - 5p and a Happy Hour finale

April 30, Deadline to register a group, vehicle or float

May 15, 12noon - Press Conference on the Steps of City Hall, NYC

Ways to Dance with Sound

Each year Dance Parade gathers 200+ organizations, 10,000+ dancers and 70+ vehicles and floats.  We manage these logistics by offering the below sound and vehicle options.  Though higher budget options provide the most comprehensive sound for your dancers, low budget scenarios are also available:

A) Paired with another group with same or similar genre of dance:  Free

Easiest and cheapest option usually for groups without budget for sound; (i.e if you are a tango group parade production team will place you behind another tango group that has sound); Deadline April 30, 2019.

B) Bring portable sound unit: Battery or generator powered:  Free

 On a dolly, cart, or (non gasoline) cycle; Generally multiple speakers & generator powered are loudest

C) Rent portable Sound Pod ($250)

For 2019, we are pleased to work with Mobile Sound Staging, who has engineered a bluetooth weather-resistant speaker with 12 hour+ battery life.  The pods are engineered with a 1000watt Sound Box Speaker raised 8ft above the ground on a tripod with heavy duty wheels.  One speaker should be enough sound for 25-30 dancers, casting sound a good half block in every direction. We will have 16 of these units in the parade and they can be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Check out video demo and order here.

D) Bring vehicle to transport your sound:  ($125)

Gas powered art cars, pickup trucks with generator in bed, van or trailer: $85 until March 31, $125 until April 15 deadline; Maximum 4-6 speakers permitted.

E) Pre-packaged float & audio: GoFundMe Campaign $2800 - $4800

Dance Parade sets up a crowdfunding campaign, suggest perks such as $100 to be on float or $150 for a tote bag.  Then you have 3 weeks to solicit donations from your community. You keep profits above fundraising goal and keep donations upon on failure to reach fundraising goal. Complete with driver, tow vehicle, insurance, decoration, advertising and sound. Choose an optional sound system, your colors and promote your dance company. Deadline April 7th. Contact darya"at"

F) Pre-packaged float & audio: $2800 - $4800 (non-profit discount available)

Ordering a Dance Parade float this way is easy. Complete with driver, tow vehicle, insurance, decoration, advertising and sound. Choose an optional sound system, your colors, promote your dance company and add up to three sponsor logos/messages.  Just show up on parade day, board float and dance. 15 dancers (small) to 25 (large). Order while supplies last. Deadline April 30;  See pics and submit float specs here.

Sound Patrol & Good Neighbor Policy:

However you participate, please be mindful of our Good Neighbor Policy and Sound Patrol who make ticket you for excessive sound. Repeated violations will result in removal from the parade. See video below for more information about this policy.

May 18, 2019 Parade Logistics

Parade Production Assistant Lead Adele Godfrey dances through the logistics for the Parade and Festival.

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Adele offers suggestions and explains parade rules in an effort to make the parade fun for everyone.

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Parade Production Assistant Lead Adele Godfrey explains our Sound Patrol and Good Neighbor Policy, ensuring an enjoyable and sustainable Dance Parade.

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