Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Since the early 1960s, locals and visitors alike have gathered in Greater Palm Springs to celebrate the whimsical tradition of the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade. To learn more about how you can experience this one of a kind event during your vacation on your list of Palm Desert things to do, read on below!

A Fun and Quirky Tradition in Greater Palm Springs

The Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade is one of the longest running parades in the Coachella Valley region. Beginning in the 1960s as a “Christmas in July” themed, family friendly event, the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade has since transitioned into a fall event that is held in late October. The golf carts are decorated in an elaborate, extravagant, and colorful manner, escorted by marching bands.

While the Golf Cart Parade is the highlight of the event, there are a ton of other fun festivities that you and your guest can enjoy throughout the rest of the day, such as a play zone for kids, a pancake breakfast hosted by the Palm Desert Rotary Club, and more. Food and drinks are available onsite, and at the end of the parade, there’s also a golf cart expo and an awards ceremony. The parade is the first event of Palm Desert’s popular high season, kicking off the fall and winter festivities with a high note.

What to Know Before You Go to the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

The Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade takes place on the final Sunday of October each year, beginning at 12:00pm. The parade route travels west from San Luis Rey to Ocotillo, following the iconic El Paseo strip. Get your spot a little early to secure the best view of the show! Activities and attractions are also available before and after the parade, opening at 9:00am.

Every year, the parade showcases a different theme. In 2018, the theme was superheroes, from comic book superheroes to personal and community superheroes, such as police officers, veterans, firemen, teachers, parents, and beyond. 

Give Us a Call and Plan Your Desert Escape Today! 

Palm Desert and the surrounding Coachella Valley have much to offer during your time here. For more details on the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade and other events, recreation, and Palm Desert things to do that Greater Palm Springs has to offer, contact us today and book your stay with us!


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