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2022 DOGWOOD Parade

Presented by Videon Chevrolet of Phoenixville

Saturday, May 21st - 1:00 pm

Franklin > Gay > Bridge > Main

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Parade Details

Information to Help You Enjoy the Parade
 
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Saturday, May 21

The Annual Dogwood Parade takes place on Armed Forces Day

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Parade Registration

Register for the 2022 Dogwood Parade has closed, please join next year

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1:00 PM Start Time

Use caution when finding a viewing area, never assume a street is closed.

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Parking

If you need parking visit one of the municipal or private lots in the Borough

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Parade Route

The parade begins on Franklin Ave. Click Here to see a detailed parade map

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~1.4 Mile Route

The annual parade route is approximately 1.4 miles long. Starting at Franklin Avenue

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Parade Map

A Path 79 Years In The Making
 
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Parade Traffic/Detours

Your Guide To Navigating Around
 
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Dogwood Parade Traffic Info

Saturday, May 21

 

No Parking After 11am

  • Grant St between Fairview and Franklin Ave

  • Franklin Ave between Filmore St and Vanderslice St

  • Gay St between Vanderslice St and Bridge St

  • Bridge St between Gay St & Main St

  • Main St between Bridge St & 5th Ave

 

Best Detours

  • Starr St to Manavon St to Nutt Road

  • Bridge St to Mill St

  • Main St to Taylor Alley

  • Fillmore Street

 

Cross Streets Open Until Noon

  • Church St

  • High St

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Parade Line-Up

Lots Of Incredible Entries
 
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Dogwood History

Established in 1943

Phoenixville's Annual Dogwood tradition dates back to May 1943, when Retired Army Major General Edward C. Shannon, dedicated a dogwood tree in Reeves Park, as a memorial to the men and woman of the Armed Forces, many of whom had died in active service during World War II.

The First parade welcomed an estimated 7,500 visitors joining Phoenixville’s Mayor, Arthur H. Tompkins, who served as the grand marshal and numerous distinguished guests including, General Shannon and Col. Henry Beeuwkes, who was the first commander of the newly opened Valley Forge General Hospital on the edge of town.

 

The very first Dogwood Queen was 1943 Phoenixville High School graduate Regina Glowacki, who was elected by her fellow students through the sale of War Bonds and War Stamps which netted a total of $18,154.85. 

 

During the parade, floats were very prominent among local organizations. The Rotary Club from Phoenixville had a horse-drawn float with a large Rotary wheel with the edges of the float surrounded by flags of the United Nations. The Junior Red Cross had blood donors riding along on a large float adorned by greens and a large “bottle” of blood with the words “That They May Live”. The Phoenixville High School Band, under the direction of Walter Sample, provided marching music for the soldiers marching from the Valley Forge General Hospital.

 

Today, the Phoenixville Jaycees Foundation continues the rich tradition of the Annual Dogwood Festival and Parade. With over 50,000 visitors taking part in the annual festivities and what has become the 2nd largest parade in Chester County.

THE JAYCEES MISSION

"To provide development opportunities that empower

young people to create positive change"