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Events coordinated by entities other than the City of Auburn may require a Special Event Permit Application.

To sponsor an event, view the 2020 Event Sponsorship Package (PDF)

11:00AM - 2:00PM

55th annual Veterans Parade & Observance

East Main ST, Auburn, WA

Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for celebration of Veterans Day 2020. The City of Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Parade since 1965. Now in its 55th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest parades of its kind in the United States of America.

We have no plans to cancel the 2020 event. Whether hosting a parade in person or celebrated in some other spectacular fashion – Auburn is committed to celebrating our Veterans, Active Military, Veterans Service Organizations and so many others. We are currently accepting parade registrations. Spectators are encouraged to check back frequently to see how the event will unfold in November.    


Vets Day PhotoThe purpose of Auburn's Veterans Parade & Observance is to positively focus on honoring our country's veterans and active military personnel. Through our parade, we focus recognition on congressionally-recognized Veteran Service Organizations and their auxiliaries, the military and reserve military, National Guard and ROTC. The goals and purposes of Auburn's Veterans Parade & Observance are to give honor to our country's military personnel and veterans and to their military missions of defending freedom around the world.

The 55th annual Veterans Parade will be held in Auburn on Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 AM. The parade boasts over 200 units and nearly 6,000 parade participants, including 25+ high school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' units, honor guards and more. 

The parade route travels along Main Street from E Street to A Street SW/NW. To participate in Auburn's Veterans Parade complete and return the official Parade Application Form or complete the on-line registration. The parade has more applicants than it can permit to participate, and thus must select among the applicants those who will be able to participate. Those applications who are approved will be those that most closely meet the goals and purpose of Auburn's Veterans Parade.

Other related activities include: 

Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
The flame is lit and guarded through the night at the Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street NE. Wreath placement, rifle salute, prayers and taps encompass this ceremony, held from 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM on Saturday, November 7.

Parade Band

Auburn Noon Lions Veterans Luncheon
Reserve your spot early for this year's Veterans Luncheon, held on Saturday, November 7 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (Doors open at 12:00 PM). The Veterans Luncheon will be held at Merrill Gardens at Auburn, 18 1st Street SE, located just two blocks from the end of the parade route. The luncheon is co-sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Club and the City of Auburn.

The lunch program honors our Veterans, with special recognition given to our dignitaries in attendance. The Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee's Outstanding Veterans will be honored at the lunch, along with other special presentations. For additional information or to reserve seats by phone, call 253-931-3043.

"Our Heroes Our Parade" Banner Program
This program was created to recognize and pay tribute to the brave men and women in Auburn who are serving, have served, or have given their life to our country in the United States Armed Forces.  It also provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses and Veteran Service Organizations to support those who served by sponsoring a banner in downtown Auburn. The tribute Banner application (PDF) deadline is Monday, August 17, 2020.  Please complete and return the application with applicable banner fee and supporting documents. 

Official Forms and Helpful Information:

Auburn Hotel - 2020 Special Event Rate
Please note: to receive the special rate, you must call for reservations and tell the hotel you are in town for the Auburn Veterans Parade. For a full list of all Auburn hotels, visit

Leashed, licensed and well-behaved pets welcome at Auburn's Veterans Parade.   

There is absolutely no parade parking in local business' parking lots. Please be courteous when parking in the areas surrounding the parade route. 

For dining information, please visit

Contact Information:
Kristy Pachciarz, Special Events Coordinator

Thank you to our sponsors!




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Veterans Parade 1

Veterans Parade 2

Veterans Parade 4

8:00AM - 9:00PM

Gingerbread House Contest

Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 9th ST SE, Auburn, WA

Gingerbread House
 - There are two categories in this year's Gingerbread House Contest! Six entries will be accepted in the child category, ages 12 and under. Six entries will be accepted in the adult category, ages 13 and up. 

This fun event celebrates the holidays and brings the community out to see what Auburn can build! Any structures real or imaginary, houses, igloos, spaceships, etc. will be accepted. This event is free and open to all groups and individuals. 

Application Deadline: November 4, 2020
Entries Delivered: November 30, 2020 between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM
Entries on Display Until: December 14, 2020 - voting ends at noon.
Location: Auburn Community & Event Center; 910 Ninth ST SE, Auburn WA 98002

Gingerbread House Contest Application (PDF)

The entries will be on display at the Community & Event Center from November 30th until December 14th at noon. Stop by and vote on your favorite display. A winner from each category will be announced on Monday, December 14th after noon and will be awarded a $30 gift card.

Applicants must adhere to the contest rules listed on the application:

  • Entry must be appropriate for audiences of all ages
  • Entry must be original
  • Entry must have been built in 2020
  • Entry must be 90% edible on the exterior
  • All entries must be delivered in completed form attached to a solid base enabling it to be displayed on a table. Bases shall be no larger than 24"W x 24"L
  • Adult category is ages 13 and up
  • Child category is ages 12 and under - if selecting the child category, the child must construct 100% of the structure. If an adult is helping then they must apply for the adult category

Questions? Contact Amanda Valdez or call 253-931-3043. 

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting

Downtown Auburn

Santa Parade at 4:30 PM

We are shaking things up downtown Auburn this winter with an energetic lighted Santa Parade! A festive and fun parade that will now allow floats, tractors, horses, walking entries, and other motorized units that will light up Main Street! The parade will be followed by the lighting of the tree in front of City Hall with a visit from Santa! 

Santa Parade Music Be sure to stop by City Hall before the parade for a musical performance from The Christmas Crooners featuring Joey Jewell & Chris Anderson!

Parade Details
  • All groups must pre-register - NO on-site registration available 
  • Parade line-up begins at 3:00 PM on E Street NE.
  • Free entry for families, scout troops, school groups, dance, cheer, drill, band and all other non-profit groups.
  • Commercial businesses must pay a $50 entry fee.
  • Groups must adhere to the Parade Rules & Regulations (PDF)
  • Pre-parade entertainment offered from 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM.       
  • Santa Parade Street Closures (PDF) before and during the parade.   
  • Check out the Parade Map (PDF)
  • Registration
    • No On-site registration all groups must pre-register
    • Download the registration form (PDF) 
    • Or complete the online registration form coming soon...
  • Leashed, licensed and well-behaved pets welcome at the Santa Parade & Tree Lighting.

Tree Lighter Nominations

Santa is looking for an Auburn child to help light the tree in front of City Hall. Nominate a well-deserving child between the ages of 5 and 9 for an opportunity they are sure to remember! Nominations will be accepted through November 23rd at 9:00 AM. Nomination form coming soon...

Other holiday activities include:

Cookies with Mrs. Claus at Washington Elementary, 20 E Street NE.
Event will be held on Saturday, December 5, from 2:30 - 4:00 PM. Mrs. Claus will be stopping by before the Santa Parade for a special afternoon of holiday cheer! Bring the little ones for stories read by Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, hot cocoa and Christmas crafts. And, don't forget the camera for a photo op. It's sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Activities include: cookie decorating, story time, crafts, holiday face-painting. 

Pre-registration admission for children is $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents. On-site registration is $12 per child. Adults are free to enter!  Registration details coming soon...

Contact Information
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
Amanda Valdez, Special Events and Farmers Market Coordinator