Uptown Shelby Christmas Parade
Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Rain or Shine!

Line up, times and locations for drop off and pick up information will be sent to all registered participants by close of business Tuesday, December 14. If you have not received an email by noon on Wednesday.  Please call 704-600-6599 or email [email protected]

Registration opens Nov 1.  Complete applications due by Dec 10 - 8:00 a.m.!


The Uptown Shelby Christmas Parade is fast approaching and we are excited about this year’s festivities! Just a few points to make the registration process go smoothly:

The registration form with waiver and full payment needs to be submitted in order to have a complete registration package. Once we have your complete registration package and payment, you will be placed in the parade line up. We reserve the right to cancel due to COVID-19; if we cancel, your registration fee would be refunded.

We are adding an online registration and payment process this year. You will have the option to complete online or download to mail or drop off your registration and payment. Payment may be cash (exact change) or check only for mail or in person registration. Please make checks payable to the Uptown Shelby Association (211 S. Trade St, Shelby NC 28150).

Upon request by the Shelby Police Dept, the float provider, and our insurance company, the throwing of candy or any other items from floats or moving vehicles is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Please convey this to ALL participants in your group, regardless of age. No one may throw candy, toys, or any other items as it creates a serious safety hazard for children. You may have walkers on either side of your float handing out candy or other items directly to spectators.

Float Rental through the Uptown Shelby Association
If you would like to rent a float (this will also be available on line) through us, you will need to come to our office at 211 South Trade St between Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. At our office, you will choose your float from the options provided to us by the float company, and you will pay for the float and parade registration before the float will be reserved, no exceptions. Float rental includes the float, your company/organization name on the sides of the float, and a truck/driver. All you need to do is gather your group, show up at the parade, and climb on your float!

Car and Motorcycle Clubs
The number one rule: no acceleration in such a manner that tires squeal and smoke. (No burning rubber!) You may be asked to leave the parade by officials and you may not be welcome to participate in future parades. Safety is important to us.

Horses and Animals: We are requesting that all horses be diapered prior to arriving at their line up location. Owners of horses and other animals need to have plan for removal of manure from the parade route during the parade. Other parade participants should not have to march through animal waste.

Appropriate Behavior  This is a family event. Please keep your organizations behavior and language family friendly including music. Applicants will not be invited to future parades if they do not act appropriately.

Sponsorship of Participants  We accept sponsorship offers and can facilitate getting the money to the requested group if necessary. We will not actively seek any sponsors for participating entries. The Uptown Shelby Association will not be the sponsor for a parade participant other than Santa. As voted by the Uptown Shelby Association Board of Directors, Jan. 13, 2015

Confirmation Letter
The contact person listed on the registration form will receive a confirmation email with the line-up number approximately one week prior to the parade. Please check your spam inbox if you don’t see the email. If there are any questions please feel free to call our office at 704-484-3100. Thank you and see you on December 19, 2021!