Delta Band Festival / Christmas Parade

2020 “roy martin in reverse” delta band festival and christmas parade!

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and for the safety of our parade participants and spectators, we will be doing a modified version of our parade this year. This year’s parade will be called “Roy Martin In Reverse” and will be a Drive-Through Parade along the entire original parade route throughout the city of Greenwood.

***CLICK HERE to view a map of the Parade Route with a list of each entry and their location.***

parade entry 

We are calling all floats, bands, musical and dance groups, mascots, inflatables, beauties, civic and community groups, and other entries for this year’s Reverse Parade display. We are encouraging a variety of musical entries this year due to the smaller number of participating high school bands. That includes caroling groups, small ensembles, party bands, drumlines, gospel groups, etc.

To submit a parade entry, fill out the form BELOW or contact the Chamber to have one sent to you. You may also stop by the Chamber and pick up a form in person. FORMS ARE DUE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27th!

Must See Parade

It's been said that everyone loves a parade, and Mississippi's oldest and largest Christmas Parade in Greenwood is a must-see. It is held on the second Friday after Thanksgiving each year.

Parade Features

Celebrated for more than 80 years and begun by legendary Greenwood High School Band Director, Roy Martin, the Delta Band Festival/Christmas Parade in Greenwood boasts more than 25 high school and university bands from four states, an array of themed floats, decorative vehicles, mascots, beauties, and walking and performing groups.

Fireworks will also take place this year, sponsored by the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau. Fireworks will begin at 7 p.m. between the bridges on the Yazoo River. The CVB and Chamber encourage citizens to enjoy the fireworks display responsibly from their car and with members of their own household. Designated parking will be made available. 

2020 Route: “ROY martin in reverse”

The drive- through parade will take place along the entire original parade route throughout the city of Greenwood.

***CLICK HERE to view a map of the Parade Route with a list of each entry and their location.***


For more information about this year's parade or to inquire about a parade entry, please call the Chamber at (662) 453-4152.

By submitting this form, you understand the following terms and agree to the following release:
Applicant/Entrant does hereby remise, release, discharge and forever acquit the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, and each and all of its agents, servants, insurers, privies, employees, employers, representatives, successors, assignees, affiliates, subsidiaries, attorneys and all other persons, firms or corporations who may in any manner be liable therefore (henceforth referred to as “released parties”) and each of them being the parties released from any and all actions, claims, demands and causes of action for participation in the Christmas Parade or Delta Band Festival.  In addition, the applicant/entrant has read and understands the Roy Martin Delta Band Festival/Christmas Parade rules and guidelines and will abide by those rules and guidelines.
Floats must not exceed a maximum height of 12’ from the ground.  A minimum of 2 adults per float is required. There can be no more than 3 motorized vehicles per entry. All entries must remain on the parade route until the parade ends. All entries must follow the set parade theme.  Floats will be judged on originality, use of theme, costumes, craftsmanship, community flavor and overall quality & visual impact. Nothing can be thrown to the crowd (candy, treats, etc) by any unit. 
No vehicles allowed in parade unless they are official Chamber vehicles or have been approved by the parade committee. Vehicles of a personal nature or that promote advertising will not be allowed.
2020 COVID-19 WAIVER and Statement of Risk
2020 Roy Martin Delta Band Festival & Christmas Parade
“Roy Martin in Reverse”
December 4, 2020
By your willingness to voluntarily attend and/or participate in the 2020 Roy Martin Delta Band Festival and Christmas Parade, hosted by the Greenwood- Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, you understand and assume personal responsibility for the following Statement of Risk:
The Greenwood- Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, Roy Martin Delta Band Festival and Christmas Parade event organizers, committee, staff, and volunteers provide enhanced health and safety measures for those who attend the event. While present at the event, you must follow all posted instructions and guidelines as well as those made available to you prior to the event. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease. If infected, you may exhibit no symptoms or mild symptoms, or become severely ill, or die. You may also become a carrier of the disease, even without symptoms, and possibly spread the disease to others including those closest to you or your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and persons with underlying health conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending the event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to the possible exposure to COVID-19.
The Greenwood- Leflore County Chamber of Commerce and Roy Martin Delta Band Festival and Christmas Parade encourages the wearing of masks during the outdoor event and asks all in attendance to practice social distancing while present to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All those associated with working the event are required to wear a mask and/or gloves and sanitize regularly with the use of hand soap and hand sanitizer, and will frequently clean all common areas of the event with the use of disinfecting products. Event organizers and staff ask that those in attendance please distance yourself from others at all possible times, with the exception of those who may be within your own family unit or group.
By participating in this event, you agree to the terms of this waiver and attest that you understand the above Statement of Risk and assume full personal responsibility for your attendance at the 2020 Roy Martin Delta Band Festival and Christmas Parade.

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