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
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