The World Chicken Festival Grand Parade is held on Saturday at 10:00am during the festival. Grand Parade festivities begins on Main Street in beautiful downtown London, Kentucky. Grand Parade contestants are judged and awarded in the following categories: business; civic-club-organization; religious organization; youth club-organization; and most creative. Awards are presented Saturday night on the Stage of Stars on Broad Street.

The grand parade organizes and begins at 17th and Main Streets, just north of the festival, and ends at Carnaby Square Shopping Center, just south of the festival. In the event of bad weather, officials may delay startup one hour, or cancel without rescheduling. Radio stations will make announcements as well as festival committee over public address system on Main Street. Should weather cancel Saturday’s parade, it will be re-scheduled for Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

How to Enter the Parade

The application package below includes the parade entry form and the official rules for entry. You must agree to the World Chicken Festival Parade Rules and Regulations when you submit your entry form!

Click here to download the application package (PDF)

If you have any questions about the Grand Parade festivities, or would like to participate, you may call 606-878-6900 or 606-344-1748

2015 World Chicken Festival Parade Grand Marshall

The World Chicken Festival proudly welcomes Caner Cornett as the 2015 World Chicken Festival Parade Grand Marshall. Originally from Harlan County, Mr. Cornett moved with his family to Laurel County in the late 1960’s. He worked as an educator, a gas station-grocery store owner/operator, and also, in the hotel and campground rental business.

His civic-oriented nature and extensive involvement with the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission eventually led to a volunteer position with the World Chicken Festival. Not only was he involved with the inception of the World Chicken Festival, but Mr. Cornett also held a position as the Concessions Committee chairperson for some time.

Mr. Cornett has been witness to many changes in the World Chicken Festival throughout the years. Fortunately, most of them have been for the benefit and improvement of the Festival, as well as the entire London-Laurel County community.