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Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade
2018 Overview 

This year, the Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade enters its 89th year and has truly become a special event that brings our community together. The Downtown Fresno Partnership looks forward to growing community involvement in the parade and together, paying homage to this historic event.

Parade Details

  • Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm – 3 pm / staging will begin at 10 am
  • Location: Fulton Street in downtown Fresno
  • Theme: Future Christmas – cash prizes will be awarded to the best entries!
  • The cost to Participate: $50 per entry, made payable to Downtown Fresno Partnership

About the Theme “Future Christmas” 

Fresno was aptly referred to as the “city of tomorrow” in the 1960s as the city made a name for itself through its growth and development. Unfortunately, this innovation ultimately cost us the health of our once thriving urban core. We’ve begun to rebuild and revive downtown with the support of our community and as we’ve all recently witnessed, the year 2017 marked a tipping point in the right direction. The reopening of Fulton Street after 53 years has dramatically shifted the course of our future for the better. Join us on December 8 at the 89th annual Downtown Fresno Christmas parade to reimagine and redefine Fresno’s Future through the eyes of Christmas.

Whether you’re a futuristic “traditionalist” (robots, Jetsons, lasers, Star Wars?) or futuristic “revolutionary” (flying cars, pigs…?), we want to see your best representation of “futuristic.”

Application and Parade Timeline

  • Application Cycle Opens on Wednesday, August 1
  • Prospective Applicants Notified of Status (Rolling Basis), August 1 – November 9
  • Completed Applications with Entry Fee Due By Friday, November 9 at 11:59 pm
  • Confirmed Parade Participants Notified by Monday, November 12
  • Parade Details Sent Out by Friday, November 16
  • Parade Takes Place Saturday, December 8 at 1 pm

Parade Applications are closed!

Thank you see you next year. 

Christmas Parade Entry Fee

We love our parade sponsors!                                                              The parade would not be possible without Volunteers! 








Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade

2018 Community Planning Committee


  • Cinnamon Grooms

Committee Members:

  • Angela LiAntonio
  • Ashley Prendez
  • Dean Kasparian
  • Edna Collins
  • Janette Jimenez
  • Laura Maciel
  • Mary Ellen Reyes
  • Petra Higley
  • Priscilla Mendoza
  • Sandra Chaires
  • Vilay lee


Were you a participant at the 88th Annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade?  Take a look at the photos here!

  • 2,000 Parade Participants
  • 87 Parade Entries
  • 8,200 Online Viewers
  • 5,000 Parade Attendees
  • 172,000 Social Media Reach
  • 21 sponsoring organizations
  • 54 volunteers
  • Over 30 downtown restaurants open before, during, and after the parade


  • Grand Prize: Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Best Float: Caporales de Fresno
  • Best Marching Band: Roosevelt HS Region Bands & Roosevelt School of the Arts
  • Best Holiday Spirit: The Light of the World Church
  • Honorable Mentions (3):  Purposed II Praise School of Dance, Tiny Paws, Porterville Twirlerettes


Downtown Fresno Partnership staff and board extend their gratitude for and thanks to our many sponsors for the 88th Annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade. We believe their generosity and support for the parade and downtown will ensure the success and vibrancy of our greater Fresno community.