Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles

Everybody loves a parade, and you don't want to miss being part of this annual line-up off wheels sure to make everyone smile!

The price of parade participation is included with all car and motorcycle show registrations. For those who only want to be in the parade, $10 lets you join the fun! Register your vehicles and cycles for the parade with one of the two options below.

Online Parade Registration Download and Print Parade Registration Form

Floats, Bicycles and Performers

We would love to have you help add fun variety to the parade. Apply below to be considered as a performer for the grandstand area of the parade.

Performance Group | Float | Bicycle Club Application

This is strictly a parade on wheels. Performance Groups will perform on the street in front of the grandstands or on their own float rather than marching. Complete the following application and upload a photo if at all possible. For safety reasons, candy is not permitted.

Please describe the type of unit (Band only, Band + Guard, Drumline only, etc.) float theme, concept, materials, vehicles to be used.
Please describe any theme/props used in your performance, club entry: Note: All props must be easily transportable as there is no pre-staging available in the telecast area.

Come see hundreds of exciting vehicles and more as the City hosts the 5th annual Birthplace of Route 66 Parade.

While the Birthplace of Route 66 Parade can be viewed along the entire route (College & Fort east through the square to National & St. Louis), the prime viewing area will be at the grandstand in front of the lot north of the Expo Center on St. Louis Street.

Parade watchers are encouraged to arrive at the grandstand by 5:15 p.m. in order to enjoy a special performance by Springfield Little Theatre's Y.E.S. Troupe and the cast of NEWSIES starting at 5:30 p.m. Nearby paid parking for the grandstand is available in the Jordan Valley Car Park garage, accessible via Trafficway Street.

This year's parade starts at College and Grant and ends at St. Louis and National. The main viewing "stage" will again be near the Expo Center on St. Louis St.

map of parade route

Download a printable PDF of the Parade Route Map.

As the parade date approaches, information will be provided here for those participating in the parade.

Event Details

Aug. 9

Parade Begins
Friday | 6:00 PM

Though delayed by a deluge of rain, the 2018 parade eventually began about thirty minutes late. Despite wave after wave of rain, intense lightning and wind, hundreds of vehicles still put on a show for the rain-soaked viewers along the route.