October 2018


2018 Theme: "Magic of Maple Leaf"

Should floats and other entries in the Maple Leaf Parade be permitted to hand out candy and other edible items?

Only one submission per person will be counted.


2018 Calendar of Events


Festival Downloads

“50 Years of Maple Leaf” History Book order form


“Forever Flag” Order Form


Festival Applications

Brochure Application 2018 - DEADLINE March 30th


Parade Information

Parade Route Details
Parade route (lined in red) begins on the west side of the Square (in yellow), south down Grant/Grand Avenue, east on Centennial and ends at the Carthage Middle School (River & Centennial).  Total length is just under 2 miles.  Portable toilets and reserved seating for handicapped individuals located at 6th & Grant (in purple).  Carthage R-9 Auditorium J is located north of Chestnut & Main Streets.


Please download the Maple Leaf Festival Parade Application packet to apply to participate in the Maple Leaf Festival Parade. You must also agree to the Maple Leaf Parade Regulations and sign the Maple Leaf Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form.



Festival History

Beginning in 1966 as a marching band competition, the annual Maple Leaf Festival took its name from Mother Nature’s array of glorious fall colors. Every year, the city of Carthage proudly welcomes 80,000+ visitors to this wonderful fall celebration.

Every year, on the 3rd Saturday of October, the biggest day of the festival begins with the largest parade in Southwest Missouri. This keystone event begins at 9 a.m. and ends around noon. The parade begins on the Historic Square and ends at the Carthage Jr. High.

Events are scheduled throughout the day including the band festival, art & crafts vendors, car and tractor shows, wine tasting, quilt show, food vendors, and live entertainment.

The month of October is filled with activities including art and museum exhibits, lobster boil, bike tour, carnival, circus, evening 5K, beauty pageants, dog show, gospel sing, cruise-in, costume ball, and a lip-sync competition. Celebrating its 52nd year in 2018, the Maple Leaf Festival welcomes you.

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