Smallest Parade in the Universe

When: October 22, 2022 7:00 PM

Where: The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040

Get ready for the return of the miniature parade everyone loves! This year, artists will compete for cash prizes and bragging rights by creating pint-sized floats inspired by the Fantasy Fest theme of Cult Classics and Cartoon Chaos. The fantastical entries will be on display all month before being auctioned off on October 22nd, with proceeds going to benefit MARC House.

If you're an artist, baker, woodworker, architect, float builder, crafter, knitter, sculptor, inventor, or anyone else with a creative flair, we want you to use your talents to build a tiny float for the 2022 LIVE SMALLEST Parade in the Universe!

Think outside the (shoe) box and get inspired by the theme of Cult Classics and Cartoon Chaos. Check out some of our favorite floats from previous years for inspiration.

 float dimensions:  No larger than 18 inches long, 18 inches wide or 18 inches high. No means of propulsion needed.  The floats will move down the parade route on a moving track. They move from right to left, so the right, starboard, “passenger” side of the float is the back and the “driver’s” side faces the audience.

Lights and animated elements may be added to the float as long as it is done safely and within the dimensions. Please place all switches on the back of your entry and include a tech note for parade staff.

Floats will be carried by parade staff to the conveyor and then to the silent auction or pick-up area. Make it easy for them by making the floats carry-friendly. Consider weight, loose parts, and wiggly things. Handles are nice.

Sign your float with your name, its title and the year.

No open flames, live animals, uncontained liquids, politics, blatant advertising or hazardous materials, please.

1st Place is $1000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250

All proceeds go to the MARC House and the wonderful artists who participate in The Smallest Parade in the Universe!