2019 Parade Entry Form

Click here to open the on-line entry form for this year's parade.  Don't stress, it's quick and easy and you can securely pay your entry fee with a credit card, or mail your check to us.

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General Release Form

Download and print this form after you have completed your application ... our insurance company wants everyone participating in your entry to sign it.   You can then fax or mail it to us, or bring it to staging with you.

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Parade Digital Advertising

Promote your business during the DeSoto Grand Parade. Your ad will receive up to 180, 5 second exposures on a mobile digital billboard board that will travel through the parade route and seen by over 100,000 people.

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Our Salute to Veterans

This year, the Hernando De Soto Historical Society says "Thank You" to America's veterans.  Together we salute their service, honor their sacrifice, and promise that their dedication to our country will never be forgotten.

Rules and Regulations

Please read the rules and regulations to make sure your entry is in compliance ... we just want to keep everyone safe.

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About the Grand Parade

With over 150 entries, the De Soto Grand Parade is one of the largest and oldest parades in Southwest Florida. Tens of thousands of people will line the streets of Bradenton to view the illuminated floats and catch a glimpse of our new Hernando DeSoto, Captain of Crewe and their newly crowned Queen and Princess.  Beads, coins and other fun items are handed to the crowd throughout the night.

The Parade steps off at 6:30pm from Manatee High School, so get there early to get the best possible view.

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