Des Moines’ Waterland Festival and Parade is set for Saturday, July 23, 2022 – and here how YOU can be in the parade, which will start at 6 p.m.

The Waterland Grand Parade will follow the Jr. Parade (which starts lining up at 4:30 p.m. near Red Robin) through the Marina District.

Join your community along Marine View Drive as you enjoy the Jr. Parade followed by the Grand Parade, which is a Seafair-Sanctioned Community Event.

“See all of your SeaFair Favorites: Seafair Pirates, Commodores, and Clowns will all be HERE!”

It all happens in the Marina District, with main parade staging happening at the new Des Moines Elementary School (23801 16th Ave S.; map below) starting at 4 p.m.

“Would you like to be in this year’s Waterland Parade, a Seafair Festival sanctioned event?” organizers said. “Have a cool boat, car, or other vehicle you’d like to use as a float? Have a cool community you want to represent? Have a neighbor with one of these that might want to show off?”

UPDATE: The Waterland Kids’ Festival kicks off with Kids’ Day on Saturday, from Noon – 4 p.m., at the Red Robin Parking Lot near Des Moines Drugs (NOT at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market).

Jr. Parade Application & Parental Consent form:

Saturday, July 23: Noon – 4 p.m. at Red Robin Parking Lot/Des Moines Drugs:

    • Old McDebbie’s Farm Petting Zoo
    • Kids Chalk Art Show
    • Pirate Photo Booth
    • Jr. Parade Mini-Float Construction

Waterland Junior Parade:

    • Lineup at Red Robin at 4:30 p.m. for parade entry/judging/awards ceremony.
    • Parade starts at 5:30. p.m. and ends at the Dollar Tree Parking lot (child pickup).
    • Sign up at

Sunday, July 24: Noon – 4 p.m. near Beach Park:

    • Bounce-a-Palooza! Bounce Houses at Des Moines Beach Park
    • Obstacle Courses
    • Slides
    • Face Painting
    • Cotton Candy/Snow Cones

** This is a FREE community Event, but Donations are welcome!!**

More info and Grand Parade Application is here:

For more info, please call 206-409-9019 or email