Mission Statement

Worcester Columbus Day Parade Committee, Inc. was established in 1994. 

The purposes for which the Worcester Columbus Day Parade Committee, Inc. was established, was to, annually, in October, present a parade in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Shrewsbury Street community designed to keep our Italian heritage alive and to educate and inform the public regarding the accomplishments of parade committee members, and parade participants. Participation in the parade is by invitation from the Worcester Columbus Day Parade Committee. 

Units invited are those that have a family oriented and entertainment value to the viewers because of the music, uniform, choreography, color, entertainment or the float of the participants.

Each participating unit must adhere to the regulations (see rules & regulations) of the Parade Committee and to directives given by the Parade Committee staff on the day of the Parade. Parade committee stride to assist float sponsors, musical units, marching and governmental units, in understanding the parade invitation and selection process, the effort necessary to fulfill the commitment of producing a quality parade.  

The quality of each participating unit's presentation to the audience is both the key to a successful parade. We invite what our viewers want - the best units! In order to maintain the quality of the parade and the integrity of the parade schedule, units which fail to adhere to the rules of the Parade Committee or otherwise detract from the purposes for which the Parade Committee is presenting the parade are not considered for entry.

Marching units must be identified by a sign professionally prepared sign.
Marching units may not be shouting slogans or partisan messages.

Guidelines are necessary for the parade participants to familiarize themselves of the safety rules of the parade. These guidelines ensure that the parade committee presents the best possible viewing event for the audience on the parade route and the audience watching on television.

Judges from local organizations such as: Worcester Art Museum, Worcester City Library, UMass Medical School, St. Patrick’s Parade Cmt, judge parade participants and selects those entries for a special trophy and/or an award.

Marching High School Bands charge a fee to perform. This fee is used to replenish their uniforms, instruments and music. The parade committee looks sponsors to offset the Marching Bands fee. Marching bands are contingent on sponsorship.

The Worcester Columbus Day Parade Committee is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization of all volunteers, whose purpose it is to present to the City of Worcester, the Columbus Day Parade keeping in high standards of the quality of the parade committee.