REMINDER: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s annual, physical Waterland Parade was unfortunately canceled, and for the first time in 60 years a ‘Virtual’ one will be presented online this Saturday, July 18, 2020.

The virtual parade – brought to you by Destination Des Moines and the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park – will begin at 6 p.m. sharp, and will feature video entries from community members, organizations, local businesses and more.

Here’s how you can watch:

    • Come back to The Waterland Blog website at 6 p.m. and look for the parade post – the video will be embedded within.
    • View it on our Facebook page here – we’re holding a Premiere Party that starts at 5:59 p.m. (a full minute early!).
    • It will also be viewable on
    • Xfinity Cable TV Channel 21 (in Des Moines only).

Residents were invited to send in videos or photos in to volunteer organizers, who edited the entries together into a 2-hour virtual extravaganza.

Here’s more from our friends at Destination Des Moines:

“Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers. Waterland Festival simply would not be possible without your support.  Unfortunately, this year will be a new chapter in the 60 year Waterland Festival tradition. In light of the current COVID-19 health crisis, our organization and city officials decided to cancel Waterland Festival events including 4th of July Fireworks, community BBQ, Waterland Festival weekend, Wheels & Keels car show.

​”Instead,  we have joined with the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park to host four virtual community events, the Running of the Flags Fun Run/Walk/Bike on July 4-5, Artwalk and Scavenger Hunt on July 11-12, Waterland Grand Parade Virtual Edition on July 18) and Poverty Bay Wine Festival (Virtual Facebook Event on July 25, during the Waterland Festival month of July.”

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