Uptown Shelby Christmas Parade
Sunday, Dec 18, 2022 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 13. If you have not received an email by noon on Wednesday.  Please call 704-600-6599 or email [email protected]

Regular Registration Nov 1-30

Late registration fee of $20 added to all levels Dec 1 - 9 at 5:00 pm 


2022 Application


The registration form with waiver and full payment needs to be submitted 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 will be refunded.


Payment (preference is to complete all items online)

Online registration and payment process is available. 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 online and you will pay for the float and parade registration before the float will be reserved, no exceptions. Once your registration and payments have been received you will receive an email to choose your float.  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! (We have a limited number of floats available)


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. All car and motorcycle clubs will be limited to 10 vehicles per registration. Additional space can be purchased.


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.  If you plan to have animals of any kind, please answer the question on the registration.


Appropriate Behavior This is a family event. Please keep your organization's 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 18, 2022!