Afton, MN July 4th 2023 Parade!

Start Time - 1:00 PM!

Food - Drinks - Music
Trolley Rides

Afton Main Street


All parade participants MUST complete an application to participate in the parade.


A huge THANK YOU to our 2023 Afton Parade Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsor
Mauer Chevrolet
Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Swirl My Wine!

Community Sponsors


Grand Marshal

Carolyn Deruyck


Grand Marshal - Carolyn Deruyck

The Afton Parade Committee is excited to announce this year’s Grand Marshal. She is Carolyn Deruyck, retired Afton-Lakeland teacher and resident of Afton for over 50 years. Carolyn has three sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

“My passion for children has been with me since I started school myself. I knew I would be a teacher before I finished first grade. After graduating from St Teresa’s, I interviewed to teach in the inner-city. That experience influenced how I taught for the rest of my career. I married in 1972 and had four children in the next four and 1/2 years”.

Carolyn was awarded the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award given to her by the St Paul Pioneer Press. She taught most grade levels before she settled into teaching 4th and 5th grade specializing in Writing, Computer Science and Language Arts.

“There was not a day in my teaching career that I did not enjoy. This job is as much about the philosophy and character of the teacher as it is about the curriculum. Stillwater School District allowed us to bring our own creativity into our lessons”.


Food - Drinks - Music - Trolley Rides!

The Parade

Don’t miss the River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps performing in the parade.


Getting Around

  • TROLLEYS— FREE trolley rides within the Village of Afton. Runs the length of Afton’s Main street from 11:00 until 3:00
  • FREE Remote Parking/Shuttle rides from Lakeland Plaza
  • The shuttle bus will take a break during the parade

Things to do

  • Food Vendors
  • Beer Tent
  • Vendor Tents


After the Parade

Afton’s Town Square Park
  • Music in the park
  • Food, crafts and beer tent
For the Kids
  • Bounce House and kids obstacle course
  • Food and crafts
For Everyone

  • Meet the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royalty and Vulcans in the Park after the Parade
  • Music, fun, food and friends in the park from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Parade Application

Parade Participant Application

Your Name:
Vehicle/Float Description:
Describe Entry/Purpose:
Street Address:
Phone #:
**By typing your name in the Signiture field above and Submitting the form, you acknowledge that you have thoroughtly read all the information about the parade and the rules listed. Filling out this Signiture field has the same impact as signing a hard copy document.**






4th of July Vendor Booth

*All fields are required*

Vendors need to be ready by 10 AM and are required to stay until 3:00 pm.

Vendor Setup Location:

Town Square Park
3418 St. Croix Trail South
Afton, Mn 55001

Contact Person:
Street Address:
Cell Number:

1) Food/Beverage Served:
2) Booth Size:

3) Electrical Power Needed:

4) Fee: paid by PayPal or by check. Note: all Fees are non‐refundable – no exceptions.
5) Application must be filled out on line at least 30 days prior to the 4th.
6) Washington County Health Department Permit must be displayed in booth on the day of the event.
7) Vendors must not leave behind any organic waste, cooking grease or oils. No dumping of any materials in the park grounds, public restroom or porta‐potties is allowed.
8) All trash must be placed in dumpster located on the south end of the park.
9) The Afton Parade Committee is not responsible for any items left by vendors including banners, posters or signs. All items left in the park will be discarded without notice.

Liability Waiver

I (the Vendor) herby discharge, release and hold harmless, the Afton Parade Committee (APC) and the City Of Afton, all property owners, business owners and other associations related to this event, including co‐sponsors, from any and all manner of action, suits, damages or claims whatsoever arising from any loss or damages or claims, to myself or my property, while in possession or under the supervision of the sponsor of this event. There are no rain dates. There are no refunds for vendor cancellations. If accepted to participate in the 4th of July Parade and Celebration, the committee has my permission to publish photographs or video taken of me, my booth and my work, past or future. Any vendor causing problems or failing to comply with these rules, the parade rules and regulations may be disqualified from participation or ask to leave.

In addition I agree that I have a current liability insurance and I will provide proof of liability insurance upon request. I also agree to pay all fees prior to the event.

**By typing your name in the Signature field above and Submitting the form I herby give consent and acknowledge I have thoroughtly read all the information about the event and the rules related to the event. Filling out this Signiture field has the same impact as signing a hard copy document.**


After submitting your application, you will need to come back to these buttons and pay for your booth using a secure PayPal Payment Button. Select the appropriate button relating to your Booth Size.


Up to 100 sq. ft. - $150
101 - 150 sq. ft. - $200
151 - 200 sq. ft. - $275
Above 200 sq. ft. - $325


Parking / Shuttle / Trolleys

  • Free Off-site Parking and a free shuttle bus will run from the Lakeland Plaza parking lot to Afton City Hall starting at 11:00AM and ending at 3:00PM. The shuttle bus will take a break during the parade.
  • TROLLEYS— FREE trolley rides within the Village of Afton. Runs the length of Afton’s Main street (Afton City Hall to River road) from 11:00 til 3:00
  • NO PARKING —Afton’s Main Street is NO PARKING during the parade
  • PARKING — along roads leading into and out of Afton only
  • ROAD CLOSURES — all roads into and out of Afton close at 12:45 PM and remain closed until the parade has completed its route (approximately 2:00 PM).
  • SHUTTLE BUS RIDES - from 11:00 til 3:00. See offsite map link on Contact page

Contact Us / Maps

Contact Us

Afton Parade Committee
A Non-Profit Corp.
14616 Afton Blvd. South
Afton, Mn 55001

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers
to help direct traffic.
If you can help please
call or email us.


Use Paypal to donate to the
parade or to complete your
sponsorship responsibility.

Parade Lineup Area / Afton Marina

Offsite Parking & free Shuttle Bus Ride

(370 St. Croix Trail South, Lakeland, MN)

Parking / No Parking Zones

Afton Map on Google