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Online registration is closed.

You can still participate by filling out a paper form at the registration desk.

Info for Parade Viewers

The Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo would be honored with your participation in this year’s Grand Parade celebrating our wonderful community. The parade will be in Kennewick, Washington, on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 10am.

You can participate or bring your lawn chair and settle in for the show. You don't want to miss this parade! It's the best around!

The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo would like to thank First United Methodist Church for graciously offering parade goers requiring handicap parking the use of their parking lot.

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Parade Day Info for Participants

- Please register for the Parade by Wednesday August 1. Parade check in begins at 7:00am at one of our two check-in locations as noted below, however, all entries will need to be checked in by 9:00am to allow us time to finish staging the parade prior to the 10:00am start time.

- All Equestrian entries will need to report directly to the area in front of the old Fruitland Elementary School at the corner of Vineyard and Garfield (201 S Garfield St. Kennewick, WA 99336). Proceed to line up from that location and return to the same location after the parade.

- All other entries are to proceed to 8th and Dayton by way of 10th Avenue (741 S Dayton St. Kennewick, WA 99336). Volunteers will be at 8th and Dayton to assist in completing the check in process. This is the only entrance, as all other entrances will be blocked for staging.

- All groups should arrive together for check-in. The parade is scheduled to start at 10:00am sharp in downtown Kennewick. All entries will need to have their entry number placed on the left front of your entry. This allows the judges to identify each entry and allows the announcers along the parade route to properly identify your entry as you pass.

- Please pay close attention to the distance between yourself and the entry in front of you to minimize gaps longer than 20 feet between entries.

Parade Map


The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade kicks off The Best Week of summer! We want all spectators to enjoy the event in a safe and courteous manner. Please observe the following:

Observing the US Flag

As the US flag passes your position on the parade route, please observe the following parade etiquette rules:

  • Make sure you are standing.
  • If you are wearing a hat, remove it.
  • Cover your heart with your right hand (military members should give a military salute).
  • Temporarily stop conversations as the flag passes.
  • There may be many US flags in the parade. You do not need to salute them all. If an honor guard is carrying the US flag, or the US flag is presented in a group of flags, stand and salute.

Viewing Space

Many people arrive early to stake out a good place from which to view the parade. While this is totally acceptable, please remember the spots along the parade route are usually public. You do not have an absolute right to the space because you set out a chair to occupy an area of sidewalk. Most other spectators will honor the space-saver you set out, but some may not. Just remember, it is not your space until you arrive. So, if you show up and find someone is occupying the spot, take your chair and move on. The first person to arrive is entitled to stay there.

Respecting Other's Property

Remember not to block driveways or store entrances of establishments open for business. Be considerate when finding a parking space. Observe all parking laws and rules. Do not park in a private lot unless you pay or have permission. Do not bother people in private residences who live along the parade route. Stay off their property unless you have permission to be there. Do not ask to use their toilet, or other amenities.

Be a Good Neighbor

If you are near the front of the crowd, remember those standing behind you. If possible, do what you can to stay out of their line of vision. Don’t obstruct their view by holding your phone over your head to film the parade.

Be mindful of your neighbors, especially children or the elderly. If you can accommodate, let small children in front so they can see the parade. If you collect trinkets or candy, be generous and share with youngsters behind you that were not lucky enough to get a good spot.


Remember, there are likely families with young children watching the parade, so watch your language. Do not curse or otherwise behave obnoxiously.


Do not litter. Take out everything you brought with you.


If the route will be very crowded, leave your pets at home. If your pet does not do well with crowds or attention from strangers, leave your pet at home. If it is appropriate to bring a pet, make sure they are always on a lease and under control. Please clean up after your pet if needed.

Stay out of the street

For the safety of yourself and the people participating in the parade, do not run out into the street during the parade.Do not run across the street directly in front of the parade procession.


No alcohol or other illicit substances are allowed.

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