The Old Town Orcutt Christmas Parade has been a holiday favorite since 1961. Started by the volunteer fire department, the parade remains a small town afternoon event. You'll see kids, dogs, floats, animals, cars, bands and our special guest Santa. Join us on the second Saturday of December at high noon as we celebrate Christmas the Old Town Orcutt way.
Our American Legion Color Guard leads off the Parade proudly displaying our National and State Flags.
Many local families and groups walk our parade route.
All business entries will be charged a $25 entry fee to help pay for the parade expenses. This fee is waived if you are a Parade Sponsor.
Please do not throw candy canes or starlight mints. These candies leave a big mess when they are crushed into the street. Every year we get complaints about the mess they leave. We do not want to ban candy tossing, so please help out by not tossing candy canes or starlight mints.
The staging of Parade begins at 10:30 AM and closes at 11:30 AM.
The Parade starts promptly at Noon and is a Rain or Shine event.
The Registration booth is located on Rice Ranch Road just west of the intersection at Dyer St. Entrants are to approach from the east using Rice Ranch Road from the direction of Orcutt Road.
The parade ends at Dyer and Clark. From that point, return to the staging area on Rice Ranch Road to stop. Do not stop on Dyer and block the rest of the parade behind you.
A representative from your group must check in at the booth to pick up entrant materials and final instructions.
You will receive an Entry Number Placard. This Placard must be placed/displayed where instructed. Entrants not following instructions as to placard placement will forfeit judging of their entry!
The parade is staged and routed in a clock-wise direction. Everyone must enter the staging area from the East. Please pass this information to all of your participants. No vehicles may enter the staging area from the starting point of parade (Broadway and Pinal)
Street control staff will direct you to parking for parade entrants for vehicles other than those that will be used in the parade.
After receiving your parade materials, please go directly to your designated staging area. Position yourselves directly against the curb/side of road. You must leave the center lane of staging area open for traffic and emergency personnel!
Do not crowd the entrant slot ahead of you, it must remain open until that entrant has had an opportunity to stage. Only after slots are filled ahead of you, should you close/tighten up any space remaining.
Always follow the directions of Parade staff!
You may toss candy into the crowd as long as you do not slow down the parade flow.
Flyers are not allowed. Any group distributing flyers will be banned from the parade and fined $500 for cleanup.
Children 5 and under must be in a stroller, cart, wagon, etc. Small children walking cannot keep up with the progress of the parade.
Avoid any actions that could spook equestrian entries.
All animal entries must provide their own pooper-scooper.
There is to be only one Santa Claus in the Parade. No other live Santa’s are allowed.
Ongoing with the Parade is a food drive benefitting the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County. We are encouraging all entrants to make a cash contribution at Registration; a dollar goes a long way at the FoodBank, meaning they are able to purchase up to $8.00 worth of food with your contribution!
The local Jr High & Senior high bands are always a crowd favorite.