What to Bring?
- Feel free to bring your breakfast! Have it while you wait for the parade to start.
- Bring some water to drink, and maybe a snack, the parade will be 3 hours long!
- No candy will be thrown during the parade, kids will not need to bring candy bags.
- Bring your favorite lawn chair or spread out a blanket to sit on!
- Bring your cameras!
Where to Park?
- Pick your location early, spectators will not be allowed to cross the street between 9 am and noon.
- Do not park on the parade route streets - streets will be closed at 8 am for all vehicles through the parade route.
- Government Parking (reminder - it's a holiday) may be your best plan for parking close by!
What Will I See?
- Make sure to come early!
- The parade is happening on a 2-lane street, so it's a great chance to be up-close to what is happening!
- Come early to get a spot near the judging areas as the bands will be performing at their best in these areas for sure!
Opening ceremonies will be held on the south Capitol steps at 8:45 am
The official start of the parade will be at 9 am from the east side of the State Capitol on Cedar St, however bands will begin performing at the start location at 8 am. All bands are encouraged to begin playing starting in the first block of the parade!
Parking at the Labor Day Parade
Many parking options are available. Labor Day is a State Holiday and parking at most of the state of Minnesota controlled parking lots and ramps is free and available on a first come, first parked basis. There are over 3,000 of these parking places available.
The state recommends Ramp F because of ease of exiting the lot. This lot is the best of all of the state-controlled parking made available to the parade for special needs. Note there will be a slight delay following the parade for exit from the largest lot: The Centennial Parking Ramp. This lot has a height restriction of 6’ 4”.
Other parking lots plus both on-street and off-street parking surrounds the parade route in St Paul. Good News : There is no need to feed the parking meters – they are free on Labor Day.