When is the 2013 Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade?
Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. CST
How long does the parade last?
1 hour from any given point
Where is the parade?
The parade will travel through the streets of downtown Dallas. See the parade route (2012 map).
Why have a Parade?
The Parade was created to raise money to help the young patients at Children's Medical Center. View Parade history
Do I have to pay to attend the parade?
No. While the Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade is a free event and open to the public, we encourage all those in attendance to make a donation to the hospital. Tickets for reserved bleacher seating are available for purchase beginning in October, and the proceeds from these sales benefit our young patients. Sidewalk seating is available along the Parade route.
Can I buy tickets online?
Yes. You will be able to purchase tickets online beginning October 1.
What time should we arrive to get a good seat?
The early risers arrive between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., but we recommend that you arrive by 7 a.m. to get a good seat if you are not purchasing reserved bleacher seating.
What should I bring to the parade?
Bring what will keep you warm and comfortable. Suggestions include blankets, folding chairs and money for breakfast snacks and parade official merchandise.
Are folding chairs permitted at the parade?
Yes, and blankets and sleeping bags, too!
Yes. There are designated handicapped sections throughout the parade route. For more information, please contact us at 214-456-8374.
What hotels are located downtown within walking distance of the parade route?
Is there a parade lost and found?
Yes. Items found will be turned in to the concierge desk at The Adolphus.
What channel will air the parade if I want to watch or record it at home?
The parade will be broadcast live on WFAA-TV Channel 8 in Dallas/Fort Worth at 10 a.m. CST on December 7; and will be syndicated nationally throughout the holiday season. Please check your local listing for broadcast times.
Who do I call if I have questions about the parade?
Please call Children's Medical Center Office of Development with your parade questions. Our number is 214-456-8360.
Rules and Regulations
- Throwing any item onto the parade route is prohibited.
- No items may be sold along the parade route unless from Parade-approved vendors.
- Vehicles obstructing emergency lanes and on the parade route will be towed.
- Walking in the street during the Parade is not permitted.
- Prohibited items along the Parade Route include: weapons, sticks, poles, glass bottles and any items which may cause injury or interfere with the Parade or spectators' enjoyment of the Parade.
- Please leave noise makers at home as they scare the horses.