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Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 2:30 PM

Presented by Phoenixville Jaycees & Videon Chevrolet of Phoenixville

Click HERE to see the 2021 Dogwood Shoebox Parade!

While the pandemic may have cancelled our annual Dogwood Parade this year, we’re challenging the community to make parade floats from shoeboxes to parade down our make-believe Bridge Street! Traditional announcements and commentary will be made during the parade and the resulting film will premiere on Facebook on Saturday, May 15th at 2:30PM!


Any individual, club, non-profit, or business is eligible to enter their shoebox float into the parade!

Submission form and float due by Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8PM. Click here for Submission form. 


Entry Fee:


Step 1 - Create:

  • Grab a "shoe box" or something similar. It doesn't have to roll.  It just needs to be able to be “pulled” by string for the actual parade. Only restriction is that it should be no larger than 9" x 13"

  • Find your materials - Entries can be made from things you already have at home. You could use flowers from your yard, craft supplies, paper mache’, clay, paint, markers, or anything else you can find to bring your float to life! Please note: due to the number of submissions we will not be able to return floats, so do not include any valuable materials. Decorations on the box should not exceed 15" tall.

  • Start building - Floats can showcase an original design, recreate (or improve upon) a historical parade float, or tell a story. The theme of the parade is “Phoenixville Proud”.

Step 2 - Enter:

  • Submit your entry - fill out the registration form online and drop off your float between 6-8PM on May 3rd at 8 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460. No entries will be received after 8PM on May 3rd.

Step 3 - Watch!

  • Tell your friends and family to watch the parade and see your float featured in the Dogwood Shoebox Parade on Facebook at 1 PM on Saturday, May 15, 2021.


Following the virtual parade, viewers can vote for their favorite float in the Facebook photo gallery between May 17th and May 21st. The photo with the most likes by 11:59PM on May 21st will be recognized as the Fan Favorite Winner.  The winner of the Fan Favorite award will receive an award of $200!

Rules & Regulations

  • Residential and community (non-profit) parade entries are FREE to enter. Commercial parade entries to promote a business cost $25 each. Payment must be received on or prior to 8PM on May 3rd. Please click here to enter payment.  

  • Your float can be made from a traditional cardboard shoebox or similar structure (be creative).  Only restriction is that it should be no larger than 9" x 13" and limited only by your imagination. Please label the bottom of your float with your name.

  • Decorations on the box should not exceed 15" tall.

  • Entries must be appropriate for a family audience. Entries should contain no political statement, slogan or reference. Use of any political or social material is not permitted.

  • All submissions must be received by Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8PM.

  • Phoenixville Jaycees Foundation reserves the right to exclude any submissions that do not meet our guidelines or that feature content not aligned with our mission.

  • Please note: due to the number of submissions we will not be able to return your float after the parade. Please do not include any valuable materials on your float.

  • Fan Favorite Winner will be contacted by email on Monday, May 24th.


Children between the ages of 5 and 8 years old are eligible to enter the Annual Dogwood Princess and Prince contest. In order to participate, you must follow the steps below and set up a to raise funds for our program through GoFundMe.

The two contestants with the highest donations will be crowned Dogwood Prince, Dogwood Princess, or Dogwood Royal! Minimum amount raised to be recognized as a contestant is $10.  Do your part in helping to raise money for next year’s Dogwood Festival!


  1. Go to this link 

  2. Click on the “Donate” button at the right of the screen

  3. Choose a donation amount

  4. Specify your child’s name in the next box

  5. Add any comments you’d like

  6. You may hide name or amount if you choose

  7. Fill out billing information

  8. Share it with all your friends by clicking the social media icons!  You can also share the link to your page with friends and families by copying and pasting the web address to emails.

  9. Please email with the name of your child and contact information for the child’s guardian, including phone number and email address so we can contact the winners.

Only children between the ages of 5 and 8 by May 2, 2021 are eligible to enter.  The two children with the most donations will be “surprised” and crowned at their homes by Mayor Peter Urscheler. This will be coordinated with the child’s guardians, so please provide accurate contact information via email to The Dogwood Royals will be filmed waiving to the audience in their crowns to appear in the Dogwood Shoebox Parade.

Disclaimer:  The contest is run through the Phoenixville Jaycees Foundation, who has final say and authority over the contest and its rules. Only donations received through GoFundMe will be recognized. The final votes will be tallied at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

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