Everyone loves a parade and the Venetian Festival has twice the fun!

On Saturday, July 25, 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. 

2020 Theme TBD!

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 90th 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 for the best dockside decorated boat.


Are you interested in being a part of the Venetian Festival Street Parade? You are in luck!  Planning is currently underway for the 89th 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 Monday, JULY 6, 2020.  The Street Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

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.  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 Charlevoix Elementary School (former Round Lake Educational Center).  Entries received after the July 6, 2020 deadline will be returned.

2019 Street Parade Winners

Most Outstanding:
Belvedere Club Gang

Most Original:
Charlevoix State Bank

Best Service Group:
Saladine Shriners


Like to have fun?  Like to be creative?  Want free dockage for Venetian weekend?  Then consider becoming a participant in the 90th annual Venetian Festival Boat Parade by filling out the application that will be available late spring 2020.  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.  

There will be a mandatory Skipper’s meeting, Friday, 7/24, 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.

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

2019 Boat Parade Winners

Best Power Boat & Best in Fleet:
Johnny’s Quest

Best Sailboat & Most Creative:

Best Illumination:
Beauty & the Beast

Best Dockside Decorations:
Kennedy Family Group