Everyone loves a parade and the Venetian Festival has twice the fun.  On Saturday, July 28, Venetian offers one parade by land and one by “sea”.  The annual Venetian Street Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. complete with everything you’d expect in a summertime festival parade.  This year’s theme is “Venetian Carnivale”.

Parade entries typically number about 75 and include everything from marching bands, clowns, floats, antique cars, horses and royalty from area festivals – including the newly crowned Miss Charlevoix and her court.  The parade travels down Bridge Street from Carpenter to the Clinton Street traffic light.  After the parade, musical festivities will continue on Bridge Street and in both East and Bridge Parks.

Later, as the performances that evening come to an end, spectators can turn their eyes to Round Lake for the 88th annual Boat Parade.  The event attracts throngs of spectators every year as boats of all shapes and sizes, adorned with lights, music, and animation parade around Round Lake starting shortly after 10 p.m.  Boats are judged in several categories including a People’s Choice Award fro the best dockside decorated boat.


Street Parade

Are you interested in being a part of the Venetian Festival Street Parade? You are in luck!  Planning is currently underway for the 88th Annual Charlevoix Venetian Festival Street Parade and we would love to have you as a participant.

Click here to fill out the Parade entry form and return it to our office in the email provided on the document. If you are filling your application out online, please note that the fillable PDF needs to be saved to your computer with your completed information before emailing it back to us.  Note that the entry deadline is Friday, JULY 6, 2018.  The Street Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

It is very important that the Parade Application be filled out completely. The Parade Committee can properly determine the parade’s line-up only when it has all of the information for each entry.  The length (in feet) of the entire entry (float and vehicle pulling the float, or multiple car lengths) is necessary, as well as whether MUSIC is included.  Applications may be returned or disqualified for missing information.

Due to the popularity of our parade, the number of entries will be limited.  Upon reviewing your application, you will be notified immediately if your entry is not accepted.  Confirmation of your parade entry will be emailed to you on Monday, July 9th.  Parade position number will be given at check-in on the day of the parade at the registration desk located at 108 E. Garfield Street in front of the Round Lake Education Center (former Middle School).  Entries received after the July 6, 2018 deadline will be returned.  To see the full list of street parade rules and regulations, click here.

Boat Parade

Like to have fun?  Like to be creative?  Want free dockage for Venetian weekend?  Then consider becoming a participant in the 88th annual Venetian Festival Boat Parade by filling out the application here.  The Venetian Boat Parade is the longest running tradition of the Charlevoix Venetian Festival.  This event attracts thousand of spectators every year as boats of all shapes and sizes, adorned with hundreds of lights, music and animation, parade around Round Lake beginning roughly around 10:00 p.m.  You can decorate for our theme or come up with one of your own.  The objective is to have fun and represent the spirit of the Venetian Festival.  This is a family event, and along with the fireworks extravaganza that follows, is the crescendo of the Festival.

Boats will be judged in the following categories: Best of Fleet, Best Power Boat, Best Sailboat, Best Illuminated, and Best Creativity.  Everyone gets a burgee.  We are also encouraging all boats in the marina, even if not in the parade, to get in the Venetian spirit and decorate your boat dockside.  There will be a People’s Choice Award for the best dockside decorated boat.  The Best of Fleet will be awarded a $1,000 donation to Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital in their name, a Domino’s Pizza party for 20 people and a photo of their boat.

There will be a mandatory Skipper’s meeting, Friday, 7/27, at 4:00 p.m. at the City Marina Harbor Master’s Office.  Any Vessel that is not represented at the Skipper’s Meeting will not participate in the parade.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Immediately following the Skipper’s meeting, each Skipper and one guest are invited to enjoy a sponsored Captain’s Welcome Reception on the patio directly above the Harbor Master’s Office.

To see a full list of boat parade rules and regulations, click here.

It’s our boaters that make this event, so please join us for this exciting Venetian tradition.  It’s a great way to be a part of the Venetian Festival and have fun in the process.  Just be careful not to go “overboard” with enthusiasm.  For more information, please contact Maureen Owens at: maureen_owens@hotmail.com