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Hobo Day Parade

Become a Parade Volunteer

"The Biggest One-Day Event in the Dakotas" is only possible through the help of dozens of volunteers who serve in a variety of roles on parade morning - assisting with parade staging, manning security barricades, and transporting dignitaries through the parade, to name a few. All parade volunteers receive a special volunteer t-shirt and breakfast on the morning of Hobo Day. Being a parade volunteer is also a great way to boost your application to become a future member of the Hobo Day Committee. We need you! Please consider volunteering to make Hobo Day a success!

Parade Volunteer Sign Up

Entry Forms

Parade registration is now open for bands, community entries, and student entries. Click on each parade category below for more information regarding registration processes and contacts. Registration will close on October 8. If you have any questions on registration, parade policies and procedures, and other parade information, contact the Parade Coordinator via email or call give the Hobo Day Committee a call at 605-688-5524.

School Marching Bands

High School and Middle School bands are able to march in the Hobo Day Parade under the Bands category. High School Bands will be judged by a panel of judges, with the location communicated to each band director in advance. (Middle School bands will not be judged.) Stopping anywhere on the route will result in immediate disqualification. Please consult the Hobo Day Parade Policies & Procedures before registering.

Contact the Bands Coordinator via email here.

Bands Parade Registration

Community Entries

Your nonprofit organization or community group may be eligible to enter the Hobo Day Parade under the Community Entries category. Please consult the Hobo Day Parade Policies & Procedures before registering.

Contact the Community Entries Coordinator via email here.

Community Entry Parade Registration


Invited Dignitaries may contact the Hobo Day Dignitaries coordinator to confirm their attendance at the Hobo Day Parade via email or phone (605-688-5524). Please consult the Hobo Day Parade Policies & Procedures before confirming your attendance.

Contact the Dignitaries Coordinator via email here.

Student Entries

The Hobo Day Parade is put on by students for students, and we'd love to have your registered student organization represented by a float or hobomobile! Funding assistance is available for eligible registered student groups through the "Fantastic Floats" program.

The Hobo Day Committee reserves the right to bar from the parade any entry which does not abide by the Student Entries & Hobomobiles Policies and Procedures.

Contact the Student Entries Coordinator via email here.

All registered student organizations wishing to participate in the parade must complete the Student Entries Parade Registration form at the link below.

Student Entries Parade Registration

If your group would like to apply for a Fantastic Floats grant, complete the application below. 

Fantastic Floats Application

Local Businesses

While the policies of the Hobo Day Parade does not permit commercial businesses to have entries in the parade, businesses are welcome to sponsor a student entry. Float sponsors receive a 2' x 4' sign on either side of the entry. Please consult the Hobo Day Parade Policies & Procedures for more information.

Questions? Contact the Parade Coordinator via email or call the Hobo Day Office at 605-688-5524.