The 2018 inaugural parade brings together a diverse collection of talent and organizations from all corners of the Commonwealth to celebrate the swearing-in of Ralph Northam as Virginia’s 73rd Governor.

The Inaugural Parade will start immediately following the swearing-in ceremony. The parade route will move east from Grace Street and will circumnavigate Capitol Square. The Inaugural Parade is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.

The Way Ahead, the theme of Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s inauguration, is reflected in the diversity of the parade participants, which include Bolivian dancers, the VMI Corps of Cadets, the fastest oyster shucker in the Commonwealth, and a group of 26 fiddlers.

Governor-elect Northam’s parade and inaugural ceremonies will launch an exciting new area of progress for all Virginians. By working together as one Commonwealth, Virginia will come together during these troubling times for our country and lift each other up -- no matter who you are or where you’re from.

Governor-elect Northam’s 2018 Inaugural will proceed in the order as follows:

  • The Virginia National Guard

  • Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets

  • Crooked Road Fiddle Army, Southwest Virginia

  • Semper K9, Prince William County

  • Virginia Preschool Initiative, Richmond

  • Virginia Tourism Corporation

  • James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes, Harrisonburg

  • Equality Virginia

  • Hampton Roads Pride

  • Virginia Tech Highty Tighties, Blacksburg

  • The Pride, Chinese Lion Dancers, University of Virginia

  • NASA, Hampton and Eastern Shore

  • Deborah Pratt, Fastest Oyster Shucker in Virginia, Eastern Shore

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation

  • Virginia Teacher of the Year, Michelle Cotrell-Williams, Wakefield High School, Arlington

  • Virginia State University Trojan Explosion, Petersburg

  • Fishburne Military School School Corps of Cadets, Waynesboro

  • Cultural Center of India Bollywood Dancers, Chester

  • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter, Norfolk

  • Freedom High School Soul Squad, Prince William County

  • ADAMS Center Muslim Boy and Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, Dulles

  • The George Washington High School Marching Eagles, Danville

  • Charlottesville Cardinals Wheelchair Basketball Team

  • Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership and Mary Baldwin University’s Marching Band, Staunton

  • Fraternidad Cultural Pachamama (Bolivian Folk Dancers)

  • St. Andrews Legion Pipes and Drums