Fun and free, Vancouver parades are a big part of celebrating holidays and special events in Metro Vancouver. Vancouver parades are multicultural extravaganzas that showcase the city's diversity and community spirit; annual Vancouver parades include the Chinese New Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Vaisakhi Day Parade, Canada Day Parade, and many more.
Use this Guide to Vancouver Parades to find the biggest and best annual Vancouver parades and join the fun!
Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade - January/February
Every year in January or February (usually on the Sunday following Chinese New Year), Vancouver hosts multiple Chinese New Year Events, culminating in the annual Chinese New Year Parade through historic Chinatown. A multicultural extravaganza, the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade attracts over 50,000 spectators and 3,000 performers, including the largest assembly of lion dance teams in Canada.
Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade - March
We're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day, right? One of the many St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Vancouver, the Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade attracts 300,000 people, includes 2,000 participants, and features Celtic warriors, clowns, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, horse-mounted drill teams, Irish wolfhounds, and an aerial display.
Vancouver Vaisakhi Day Parade - April
Every April, millions of Sikhs worldwide celebrate Vaisakhi Day, a day that marks both the New Year and the anniversary of one of Sikhism's most important events, the establishment of Khalsa in 1699 with the first Amrit ceremony. Vancouverites have two Vaisakhi Parades to choose from: the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade, which attracts about 50,000 spectators, and Surrey's annual Vaisakhi Parade and Celebration, which attracts 80,000 - 200,000, making it one of the largest Vaisakhi parades outside India.
Vancouver Canada Day Parade - July
Metro Vancouver goes all out for Canada Day (July 1), with celebrations all over the Lower Mainland, from Canada Day on Granville Island to the Canada Day & Steveston Salmon Festival in Richmond. In Downtown Vancouver, no event is bigger than the Vancouver Canada Day Parade, a fun, multicultural parade that includes 60+ floats and entries.
Vancouver Pride Parade - August
Beginning as a protest march through Davie Village in 1978, the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival has become a world-class Pride celebration, with over 150 float and parade entries, a party for 80,000 people at Sunset Beach, and over 500,000 attendees. It's one of the city's can't-miss summer events.
Vancouver Halloween Parade - October
New in 2014, the inaugural Vancouver Halloween Parade is a family-friendly parade featuring hundreds of participants in costumes from film, TV, anime, and comics, plus a 10-foot tall Giant Pumpkin Reaper.
Vancouver Santa Claus Parade - December
One of the Top 5 Vancouver Christmas Attractions & Events, the annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade has become a winter holiday tradition since its inception in 2003. Winding its way through Downtown Vancouver, the Santa Claus Parade features over 60 marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats, and community groups, and attracts over 300,000 spectators.