The Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade committee will select up to 100 entries for the parade. Selections will be based on the quality of the entry as described in the application. Please submit a photo of your entry with your application. If you have participated in the past and your entry has not changed, a new photo is not required.

As well as celebrate the Christmas season, the intent of this parade is to entertain and educate spectators regarding the history of transportation and the contribution of the horse in the evolution of our culture. Vehicles with pneumatic and/or rubber tires will not be considered appropriate for this parade.

Riding groups must have a minimum of 6 members and no more than 12 groups will be selected. Priority will be given to past groups chosen and those with a unique historical appeal. Groups who arrive on parade day with fewer than 6 members will not be allowed to participate.

All entrants must begin and end the parade at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and the total route is 5.5 miles. Outriders escorting vehicles must remain with their entry and should be appropriately attired. Walkers are discouraged unless they can maintain the pace set by the horses. Local law enforcement will provide an escort from the fairgrounds through downtown and will assist in the return. The parade will also have designated official outriders to assist as needed and insure the safety of entrants and spectators.

Dogs must be leashed and under control while at the fairgrounds and along the parade route.

Nothing may be thrown or distributed from entries along the parade route.

All approved entrants traveling over 50 miles are eligible for 1 hotel room for Friday night preceding the parade at the designated hotel. Please indicate your need on the application.

All entrants are invited to dinner and entertainment on Friday night. Reservations may be made on the application and more information will be provided in your acceptance packet mailed around the 1st of November.

For additional information, please contact Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, LLC at 785-856-4437 or email

Applications may be completed online at or mailed to 718 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044.