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Parade Float Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a float?

Floats are a popular attraction of many parade events in the United States. They are creative moving displays that represent the parade theme or your own idea. They can take many forms and there are a lot of possible ways to build one; in the past, floats have included trailers, lawnmower/boat trailers, large wagons, the backs of pick-up trucks, decorated vehicles, etc. Use your imagination or a quick internet search; there are many creative ideas and floats do not have to be difficult or complicated to make.

Who can build a float for the Camillus Memorial Day Parade?

We invite any individual, family, neighborhood group, community organization, business, church, school, youth group, etc. to enter a float in this year's parade. 

What are some good reasons to build a float?

In addition to commemorating Memorial Day and honoring military members who gave their lives in service to our nation, building a float can bring together members of your business or group. It can be a great way for companies to boost employee morale by working on a fun and meaningful project together. Also, this is a great way to advertise a business/organization to the community; Camillus has one of the biggest and most well-attended parades in Onondaga County. This year, prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded for first, second, and third place floats respectively. 

How does registration work? 

You can register online by downloading a form from the heading labeled "Forms" at the top of this website and email the completed form to or complete it and send it by mail to P.O. Box 243, Camillus, NY 13031. Please return your completed form as soon as possible; the latest we can accept new groups is Tuesday, May 23rd as the official parade lineup will be created that week.

Is there a cost to enter a float?

No. There is no cost to enter a float in the parade. However, if you would like to make a donation to the Camillus Memorial Day Parade fund, checks can be sent to P.O. Box 243, Camillus, NY 13031 or go to "Donations" on our website at

Where do floats go on the day of the parade?

The parade will begin at 9:30 AM on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024. Police will close the roads promptly at 9:00 AM. Floats must be at the corner of Maple Drive and Main Street in the Village of Camillus by 8:30 AM at the latest.


Prizes will be decided and awarded one week after the parade.  Winners will be contacted.  

Where is more information available?

For additional information or if you or your business/organization has more questions, please contact Sue Rogers at 315-396-5437

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