Philomath Parade of Lights

Event Information

The Philomath Parade of Lights is a new event aimed at bringing the community together during the holiday season to celebrate our local businesses and organizations that contribute to making Philomath such a great place to live, work, learn and play.

Parade Route

The parade will line up between the Middle school and High School parking lots and exit onto Chapel Drive. The parade will start at Chapel and 19th, heading north on 19th to Applegate Street. It will turn left (west) on Applegate Street all the way day to 15th Street, where it will turn left again. Continue south on 15th Street, then right on Cedar Street. From Cedar, all floats will either enter the rodeo grounds or turn right (north) on 13th Street. Once the last float has left the middle school parking lot, floats will be allowed to exist the rodeo ground and go south on 13th to Chapel and back to the Middle School. Floats may not stop prior to entering the rodeo grounds. Riders may not disband or get off the float until the float is safely parked inside the rodeo grounds or back at the middle/high school where it started.


Spectators are invited to bring chairs and umbrellas and line the streets to watch the parade. Rain or no rain, the parade will go on!

Parade Entries

Businesses and community organizations are invited to register a float entry for the parade. The City is partnering with the Philomath frolic & Rodeo to organize registrations and the parade lineup. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be done online at

You will need your contact information and a driver’s license and insurance information for anyone driving a vehicle. Horse entries are also allowed with appropriate liability insurance. You may register online up to 5:00 p.m. the day of the parade. Float check in and new registrations will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. the day of the parade at the high school front doors area. Mayor Jones will select the "most lit" entry to receive the Mayor's Choice Award from all entries in place at 6:00 p.m. Be creative and showcase your business or organization with lights, lights and more lights!


All questions should be directed to City Manager Chris Workman,