Frequently Asked Questions
Whoever came up with the idea for a golf cart parade?
It started when Phil Harris, Alice Faye and some other celebrities who had vacation homes here wanted something fun to do. Palm Desert is known as the “golf capital of the world,” how about something with golf carts?
Is this just a bunch of golf carts driving down the street?
Oh no, it’s much more. Think of a mini Rose Parade where the carts are decorated with tissue paper instead of roses. Then add bands, clowns and other marching groups.
Is there something for kids to do?
We have clowns, face painting, crafts, a rock climbing wall and more. Best of all, it’s free. The Children’s Area is located on Larkspur, south of El Paseo. Note: The Red Cross First Aid Station and Lost and Found is located here as well.
How about adults?
Well, the parade is fun and enjoyment for all ages, especially with the early morning pancake breakfast, the special Cart Show and the Senior Seating Area. The breakfast is in the Bank of America parking lot at San Luis Rey and El Paseo. Check out the day’s schedule and the Children’s Activities.
Can anyone with a golf cart participate?
Yes and no. Only electric powered carts are allowed and they must be decorated. There is a nominal entry fee. Check out the details on the entry form. The route is 3/4 of a mile from San Luis Rey to Ocotillo.
Is there a size limitation?
Decorated carts can be no larger than 14’ high, 16’ wide and 30’ long.
What about other entries?
Cheerleading squads, dance groups, cycling clubs... even fencing clubs... can participate. But, every entry needs to have a decorated cart as part of their entry unit. (Full marching bands are the only entries that do not need accompanying carts.)
Does it cost to enter?
Yes. Nominal fees are charged to offset the cost of putting on a full day of activities. See the entry form for details.
Are trophies awarded?
Yes, in several categories. The awards are presented at 12:30 pm at the corner of San Luis Ray and El Paseo.
When is the parade?
The fourth Sunday in October. The parade steps off at 1:00 pm, but check out the entire day’s schedule.
Where can I park?
Check out the map. Parking lots are noted.
What’s the weather for the parade?
October highs average 91º so wear a hat and bring your sunblock.
Who organizes the parade?
The Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce and City of Palm Desert work side by side to handle the day-to-day administration, overall parade management including coordination of logostics and safety. A Committee of over 20 volunteers are instrumental in making the parade a reality.
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