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Saturday, September 30th
11:30am – 1:00pm


Virginia Beach Oceanfront
16th – 32nd Streets on Atlantic Avenue

2023 Awards

Neptune’s Float Award
Best Overall Float

Mayor’s Float Award
Best Portrayal of VB

Heritage Float Award

Best Marching Unit

Best Showmanship

Best Marching Band


Band performer during Neptune Festival Grand Parade

A grand way to start the day!

Streets lined with people, colorful floats in all shapes and sizes, larger-than-life balloons, marching bands… all of which is just a small snapshot of Neptune’s Grand Parade on Saturday. Find yourself the best spot on the block as you enjoy the music and sights of our many parade units. Be sure to keep an eye out for King Neptune and his court! With a 16 block parade route, a bad spot is hard to find.

Make sure you get there early for front row seating, as many of the floats will have beads and other fun giveaways for the crowd. Come cheer your favorites as all roll down Atlantic Avenue starting on 16th Street at 11:30 AM. As a highlight of Neptune Festival, this free event is a must for all, young and old alike. So take a seat on the curb and watch the entertainment roll by.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place RAIN OR SHINE!

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Parade Participation

Show us how much your company, cultural group, school, or other organization loves the beach by participating in the Grand Parade! Contact emma@neptunefestival.com for more information.

Marching Band ApplicationParade Application
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General Information

For more information, contact the Neptune Festival office at (757) 498-0215.


We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our volunteers, performers, and employees. You must follow all posted instructions while attending all Neptune Festival events.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By attending a Neptune Festival event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Volunteer with us!

Ready to help out at the Grand Parade? If you decide to join us, you’ll receive a free Volunteer event t-shirt and guaranteed good times!

Volunteer with Us