Oak Bay Tea Party Parade – Saturday, June 3, 2023
The Tea Party Parade is an Oak Bay tradition. Beginning on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Windsor Park, the parade winds through the streets of Oak Bay, ending at Willows Park about 45 minutes later (see parade map).
2023 OAK BAY TEA PARTY PARADE ORDER
- Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics
- Oak Bay Police Chief
- Oak Bay Fire Department
- Victoria Fire Department
- Parade Marshall
- Oak Bay High Marching Band
- Oak Bay High School
- Mayor Kevin Murdoch
- Oak Bay Tea Party Society
- MLA Murray Rankin
- Northwestern Francophone Games
- St. Patrick’s Elementary School
- Gonzales Preschool
- Carlton House of Oak Bay
- St. Christopher’s Montessori School
- Gordon Head Middle School Marching Band
- Beacon Hill Baseball and Softball
- Oak Bay Co-op Preschool
- Chatham District Girl Guides
- 5th Gary Oak Scouts
- Glenlyon Norfolk School
- Oak Bay Community Association
- Spectrum Marching Band
- Urban Grocer
- Ecole Willows School
- BC Green Party – Oak Bay Gordon Head
- Men In Kilts
- All Is On Electric
- Oak Bay Beach Hotel
- Parkwood Court Revera
- Reynolds Marching Band
- Oak Bay Volunteer Services
- Island Elite Cheerleading
- Pemberton Holmes Oak Bay
- Clover Point Picnic Club
- Royal Victoria Yacht Club
- The Old Farm Market
- Ocean River Sports
- Oak Bay Marine Group
- Oak Bay Sea Rescue
- Freedom Boat Club
- Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society
- Silver Arrow Cars
- Oak Bay Parks Department
The Oak Bay Tea Party, in keeping with our “green” initiative, is working toward going balloon-free, and we ask all parade participants to do the same. 2022 was a great success and thank you to all the parade entries for their creative decorating. Get creative again this year!!
Parade Entry Information
Application Forms and information sheets available April 1, 2023 at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue. All entries must be submitted by no later than May 30, 2023. Downloads are available here for Entry Form, Parade Rules, and Parade Route.
There is a $100.00 entry fee for Commercial entries, Community entries no fee. Please enclose a cheque made out to: Oak Bay Tea Party Society and mail it along with your completed and signed entry form to the address indicated at the bottom of the entry form. Thank you.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
We are pleased to have the Law Enforcement TORCH RUN for Special Olympics starting the 61st Tea Party Parade. The run leaves Windsor Park at 10:15 a.m. and follows the parade route. Registration starts at 9:45 A.M. at Windsor Park. After the run, there will be a pancake breakfast by donation at Windsor Park. For information on how to participate, please click here. Come out and participate in a great cause and then we will see you at the Tea Party!
A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Do not stop at Willows Beach. Oak Bay Police have directed that parade entrants are not allowed to stop along Beach Avenue. Vehicles must return to Windsor Park to disembark passengers. Groups with small children walking may disperse along one of the side streets past Willows Beach as directed by police. Do not stop on Beach Avenue.
Safety First. All entry equipment must be in good working order and participants must conduct themselves in a safe manner.
Clean Up Your Mess. Parade entries that include animals must clean up immediately after waste production occurs. Other rubbish should collected and taken with you.
Do Not Delay the Parade Flow. Maintain your speed and distance between your group and the entry in front of you. If you stop to perform for the crowd, you must be brief and catch up with the entry in front of you before stopping again. Large gaps in the parade are detrimental to the enjoyment of viewing the parade. Entries causing large gaps in the parade will not be invited back.
Vehicles and Entries Must be Decorated. People remember and speak positively about those entries that are well decorated. This is about giving something special to the community.
Do Not Throw Candy. If you have candy for the children lining the streets, you must have someone in your group take the candy to the side of the road to distribute. Participants must follow directions – provided by police, Tea Party Volunteers and Parade Marshals along the parade route.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND HAVE FUN!!!!
Any group not at the Opening Ceremonies to receive their awards, please contact the Parade Marshall, John Flatman at 250-508-2722.
For ease of Parade Marshalling, please see: