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 facebook.com/destinationdesmoines.
- 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.”
For more info, visit https://www.destinationdesmoines.org.