October 2018


2018 Theme: "to be announced"

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.


2017 Calendar of Events

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Festival Downloads

“50 Years of Maple Leaf” History Book order form


“Forever Flag” Order Form


Festival Applications

Maple Leaf Festival Application Packets will be available April 1st, 2017. No Joke.

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 the late 1960's as a marching band competition, the annual Maple Leaf Festival took its name from Mother Nature. Every year, surrounded by an array of glorious fall colors, the city of Carthage proudly welcomes 80,000+ visitors to this wonderful fall celebration.

Every year, on the third 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 route begins on the Carthage Historic Square and ends at the Carthage Middle School.

Numerous events are scheduled throughout the day to entertain young and young at heart including a marching band festival, art & crafts vendors, car and tractor shows, wine tasting, quilt show, food vendors, and live entertainment.

The rest of the festival is filled with a variety of activities including art and museum exhibits, lobster boil, bike tour, latino festival, carnival, circus, evening 5K, beauty pageants, baby and toddler contests, dog show, gospel sing, cruise-in, bake sale, costume ball, and a lip-syncing competition. Celebrating its 52nd year in 2018, the Maple Leaf Festival offers family style fun in a home town atmosphere.

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