Think of the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade as a mini-Tournament of Roses parade, but with tissue paper covering golf carts instead of flowers. Tap into your fun, creative side and be a part of the excitement when one of Palm Desert’s most popular annual traditions celebrates its golden anniversary this fall.
Experience the spectacular color, pageantry and fun as scores of whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down Palm Desert’s famous shop-’til-you-drop El Paseo, in the first major event of the season! Featuring special guest band, USC Trojan Marching Band.
The World Famous Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade originated in the early 60s, put together by several individuals who just wanted to have fun. Production was “iffy” depending upon whether a chairman could be found for that year or not. The parade wasn’t an every year event until 1983.
The parade once had a “Christmas in July” theme, the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade is now an annual – and highly anticipated – late October event. This year’s parade is the 50th annual, fittingly enough with the theme of “Palm Desert on Parade–Through the Decades.”
The parade itself starts on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., and the parade route will follow El Paseo, westbound, from San Luis Rey to Ocotillo. Finding a place to park won’t be a problem since there are several parking lots and a parking structure in the area.