2024 Woollybear Marching Band Parade Unit

Cleveland’s WJW-TV8 (FOX8), the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermilion High School Marching Band are very proud to have the opportunity to invite you and your band to become part of the 52nd Annual Woollybear Parade.  The event will be held on Sunday, September 29th,2024 at 1:30 pm in Vermilion, Ohio. 

The festival parade is the largest one-day event in the state of Ohio and normally draws over 150,000 spectators.  Because of TV 8’s extensive coverage, the exposure is widespread and will be seen by many thousands more.  The names of all participating bands will be shown and announced on Fox TV8.

The Woollybear parade is one of the top parades in the United States and there will be no judging.  Participating bands will receive an official Woollybear medallion.

In addition to marching in the Wonderful Wacky Woollybear Parade, we want you and your marching band to enjoy the festivities of the event.  We want you to feel the full effect of the “Woollybear Craze.”   We know marching bands usually travel with a lot of equipment (musical instruments, uniforms, etc.) and some of you come from a distance, so we would like to help make arrangements for you to enjoy the festival area before marching. Please let us know if you and your band members would like to come down to the festival and indulge in food, live entertainment, FOX8 Personalities, Woollybear souvenirs, Woollybear Costume contest, Woollybear pet look-a-like, and much more. 

You and your marching band are a top priority, so please let us know if there is any special request that we can assist you with.  We want to make your Woollybear Sunday a fun and memorable one.

Please visit our website at www.vermilionohio.com for additional Woollybear information.

Please fill out the online form completely. The Vermilion Chamber will e-mail out additional information (Maps, directions, line-up location) after September 20, 2024.

Please let us know if you need more information (Maps, directions, line-up location) prior to September 20,2024. 

Sandra Coe

Vermilion Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director



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    Waiver and Release of Liability

Participation in the Woollybear Parade and related Festival to be held on Sunday, October 8, 2023  (hereinafter “Events”) shall be at Participant’s own risk.

I/we hereby understand, voluntarily agree and choose to accept any and all risks, including bodily/personal injury, property damage, and/or other damages which I/we may incur or cause a third party to incur as a result of my/our active and/or passive participation in the Events.

I/we assume on behalf of ourselves, successors, assigns, heirs, executors, and administrators, and any other person or entities who/which may have a claim based on my/our personal injuries and/or property damage, full responsibility for all risks, and any injuries and damages associated with the Events, and agree not to bring against, and do hereby waive, release and discharge the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and parade/festival committee members, Fox TV8, as well as their respective departments, representatives, members, officers, officials, agents, volunteers and employees (hereinafter “Releasees”), from any and all claims, demands, damages, right or causes of action present or future, know or unknown, resulting from the undersigned’s participation in the Event. 

Parade Unit General Rules and Guidelines  

Parade Information

Forward Motion Parade:

All entries are required to maintain a continuous forward motion during the parade.

Take parade route length [approximately one (1) mile] into consideration and have back-up transportation for younger participants who may get tired and potentially slow down the parade.

Parade officials may change pace or stop forward motion to maintain suitable space between entries.

Each parade unit and groups are required to follow their requests to speed up or slow down.

Identification Signs:  Identification banners are encouraged for entries in the parade.

Cancellation Policy:  The parade always takes place rain, shine, snow, hail, or sleet.  We have had it all and the parade still goes on.  If for some

unforeseen reason your unit is not able to participate in the parade after being accepted, please contact the parade coordinator three days or more in advance.

Parade Day:  Entries absent on parade day without proper notification may not receive future invitations to the parade.

Entry Application Form:  The entry application form must be completed and signed with the understanding of the general rules and guidelines. 

                Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.  Failure to abide by these rules and guidelines may result in the unit’s removal from the parade

                and jeopardize future invitations.


NOTE:  Parade line-up information will be emailed to you. If you have questions, contact Vermilion Chamber of Commerce 440-967-4477 or info@vermilionohio.com