The Mother Goose  Parade is the largest parade in San Diego County and the largest of its type  west of the Mississippi. Each year, the parade attracts thousands of spectators  to the streets of El Cajon, California to view the parade for free on the
“Sunday before Thanksgiving”.

Thousands of volunteers from every walk of life, age and  ethnic group work and prepare all year to bring this tradition alive.

Well over 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from a variety  of cities throughout the United States to share in the excitement that is part  of the Mother Goose Parade. Each year we are proud to present a line-up of  spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent  equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing  artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course,  Santa Claus. Every parade entry is specially selected to bring enjoyment to  children and adults alike.

Be a part of this wonderful tradition by  reviewing the qualifications to enter and then completing a participant application. You and  your group, business, organization or church can be seen and enjoyed by a  multitude of people by entering a float, marching band, special unit or other  entry. It’s an opportunity for you and your efforts to be appreciated on this  special parade day.