2023 Grand Parade Theme: Love Where You Live

Parade Marshall: Jacob Catron

Read about Jacob's accomplishments that led to bieng chosen as Parade Marshal.

"Love Where You Live" is the theme for the 69th Chilhowie Community Apple Festival's Grand Parade.

Rules for parade participants:

  1. No fruit, candy or other articles may be thrown from vehicles or floats or by marchers. Participants are to arrange for representatives to walk beside their units and hand items directly to spectators.
  2. No horns or sirens may be blown.
  3. No mini-bikes, three wheelers, or four wheelers will be permitted in the parade.
  4. Any marching or twirling groups with younger children must have a follow-up vehicle in which the children may ride if they become too tired to continue.
  5. A current negative Coggins Test is required for each horse in the Parade and test papers will be checked before the parade begins. Per Health Department Regulations.


All area businesses, civic groups, schools and churches are encouraged to enter floats in the parade, observing the theme, "Love Where You Live."

Floats will be judged based on the following criteria:

Winning floats in the 2022 Parade are as follows:





Further information may be obtained by emailing chilhowieapplefestival@gmail.com

Parade Bands

Berry Home Centers is proud to continue be a part of this year's Chilhowie Community Apple Festival tradition. As part of last year's festivities, Berry's donated $750 to each high school marching band that participated in the festival's parade. They are following the same practice this year with one exception. Due to the current price of fuel, the contribution has been raised to $1,250 per band that marches in the parade!. Please join us as we celebrate the town we call home and the 69th year of the Chilhowie Community Apple Festival. Band parade participation is coordinated by the Chilhowie High School Band Director and the Apple Festival Outside Chairperson.

Register for the Band Competition here.