Northside's Fourth of July Celebration Returns with 'House Float' Walking Routes and Mini Block Parties

Inspired by New Orleans' 2021 Mardi Gras celebration, the neighborhood's typical parade and party has shifted to a house float festival.

May 18, 2021 at 1:15 pm
click to enlarge 2018 Northside Fourth of July Parade - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
2018 Northside Fourth of July Parade

It may not be the Northside Fourth of July Parade we know and love, but event organizers have announced a pretty stellar celebration adaptation to look forward to this summer.

While last year's event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year, the fest is shifting from the traditional parade and carnival format to a safer approach: Neighbors will transform their homes into stationary floats — sort of like the ScareCoronas art show from this past spring — and folks will meander the streets on walking routes to view them.

There will be passport stickers for children and small block parties throughout Northside. A jury will decide who's house float is the most spirited. 

"There are many factors that go into planning the annual parade, including permits for gathering and local safety guidelines," a Facebook announcement from the Northside Parade Committee explains. "While the CDC and other authorities have begun easing restrictions for fully vaccinated people, these were not implemented in time to move forward with the typical parade or the Rock ‘n Roll Carnival, our partner in making the parade happen."

The parade committee says this year's fest was inspired by New Orleans' 2021 Mardi Gras celebration, when homes and lawns were transformed into Mardi Gras floats.  

Decoration kits are available at

For more info and a map of participating house "floats," follow Northside Fourth of July Parade on Facebook