DANCE IN
THE PARADE

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 你可以组队参加,  Come dance with our 2024 theme, "Dance Free" Saturday, May 18th!

There is no fee if you're joining an already registered group.

Individual Dancer:

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

Free for individuals. Generally, individual ancers 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. 

IMPORTANT 2024 DATES & DEADLINES:

 

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

April 22 (Mon), 2024, 9pm - Monthly Parade Group Coordinators Meetings for Registered Groups. (Also at 9pm on Monday May 6.)

April 15, 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

May 18 (Sat), 9pm-late, After Party (location TBD)

 

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: https://danceparade.org/sound-pods

4. Create and Bring your own Parade Float - Bring your art car, flatbed truck or pickup pulling a decorated trailor. All vehicles will be inspected by NYPD Highway patrol to be safe and street legal. Vehicle fees of $135 applies to all gas-powered vehicles (additional fee after March 1st)

5. Get a Parade Float from us -- We work with the largest, most reliable float company in the Northeast to make your dreams come true with a "Turnkey" solution to have a decorated/moving stage with sound system.  After submitting your designs, just show up on Parade Day and dance the day away. Feature up to 3 sponsors. Floats start at $3000 depending on size, design and audio options. $500 Deposit due March 21st. Complete order due April 15th.

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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2024 Parade Group Coordinators Meetings

Our February 27, Parade Group Coordinators Meeting covered many topics (see YouTube notes on details). Contact Parade Programming Lead, Rush Johnston for details:  rush@danceparade.org

Our March 25th Parade Group Coordinators Meeting covered many topics (see YouTube notes on details). Next meeting will be Thursday, April 11 at 9pm. Contact Parade Programming Lead, Rush Johnston for details:  rush@danceparade.org

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