Join over 10,000 dancers moving and grooving to over 100 styles of dance in the 18th Annual Dance Parade & Festival! Our 2024 Parade Earlybird registration is open to everyone who commits to dancing in the parade.  Come dance with our 2024 theme, "Dance Free" Saturday, May 18th!

There is no fee if you're joining an already registered group. Under-resourced groups may apply for a scholarship fee waiver ahead of March 1st, 2024 deadline.

Individual Dancer:

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

Free for individuals. Generally, individual dancers can join Dance Groups who do not have coordinated costumes or choreography.

Group Registration:

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

Earlybird $85 Registration fee for groups, max 500 dancers, gas powered vehicles $135, green powered vehicles are free. Earlybird rates expire 3/1/24.

In addition to the promotional benefits from website & printed program listings, group registration also includes the opportunity to be paid through our Community Engagement Programs throughout the year. 


November 1, 2023, Registration opens to register for the 18th Annual Dance Parade & Festival

January 2024 - Monthly Parade Group Coordinators Meetings commence

March 1, Deadline to register for a scholarship fee waiver and deadline to register to perform at DanceFest 

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

May 15 (Wed), Noon - Press Conference on Steps of City Hall, NYC

May 18 (Sat), 9am - 10am: Parade check-in for Vehicles at 18th St & 5th Ave (for registered vehicles only)

May 18 (Sat), 10am - 2pm: Parade check-in for all Parade Group Coordinators at the Parade Start at 17th St & 5th Ave (for registered parade group coordinators only).
Parade begins at Noon. Festival is from 3pm-7pm

Ways to Dance with Sound

Each year Dance Parade gathers 200+ organizations, 10,000+ dancers and 75 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:

1. Cheapest Option - Many of our first time group participants choose to dance with the sound provided by another group.  Are you a salsa group? Then we'll have you dance behind another salsa group that is willing to share their sound!

2. Bring your own sound -- Having amplified sound outdoors is always challenging and can be expensive. We allow vehicles to transport up to 6 speakers (preferably 4)Up to 60 vehicles are permitted in the parade. Although there is an additional vehicle fee for gas powered vehicles, this may be a good option. Generator powered sound systems are the best.  A 3000 watt Honda Generator require gasoline and can be rented from Home Depot for $70/day.

3. Rent a Sound-Pod from us -- we work with a sound company who provides a single SoundBoks speaker on a wheeled platform. that is known as the loudest wireless speaker in the world. Limited Supply:

4. Get a Parade Float from us -- We work with the largest, most reliable float company in the Northeast to make your dreams come true! This is a turnkey approach and after submitting your designs, just show up on Parade Day and dance the day away. Feature up to 3 sponsors. Given enough time (prior to March 

5. Parade Float -- "Turnkey" solution to have a decorated/moving stage with sound system in the parade! Order and pay before April 30 and everything will be prepared for you to just show up on Parade day and dance!  Floats start at $3000 cost depending on size, design and audio options.

Not sure what to do? Our Production Team can help! Leave us a message on 267-350-9213 and we'll get back to you with a solution!

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.

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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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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