Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Requirements & Volunteer Responsibilities for Single Day Youth Volunteers


Who Can Volunteer;

What is Required of Volunteers;

  • The Thanksgiving Day Parade requires students for a variety of positions including Sponsor Sign Carriers, Pushing Rolling Signs, Sandwich Board Carriers, Flag Carriers and Clowns
  • Must be available on Monday, October 12th from 7:00am- 12:30pm
  • Parent’s or Legal Guardian consent for children under 15 years of age
  • Must be able to walk a long distance, the parade route is approximately 5kms long, and volunteers will be required to walk the entire distance.
  • Be cheerful and engaged during the parade
  • Be on time at the designated gathering spot, dressed appropriately for the weather, the Parade will happen rain, shine or snow!
  • You must register and complete the permission form prior to Parade Day

*Please note this is a separate application from Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Single Day Volunteers and requires parental consent for students aged 14 years old or younger

  • No cell phones or other personal devices can be visible while walking down the parade route. If you cannot carry it discretely, please leave them at home
  • Please advise us of any food/environment allergies or special needs or concerns (i.e. noise sensitivities) when applying.

Suggested Clothing

  • Beige or white tights
  • White knee socks (girls)
  • Grey knee socks (boys)
  • White, plain blouse (plain, no design – short or long sleeve)
  • Good walking shoes
  • Plain white gloves or mitts

**Please note Sign & Flag carriers will be required to wear German Tracht (i.e. Dirndl or Lederhosen) while other students may be required to wear clown costumes. All costumes and Tracht will be provided by Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.  All provided costumes MUST be returned at the end of the parade. Please leave valuables at home to avoid loss. You may bring a backpack or bag to store your outer clothing, which will be kept at the gathering spot.

What Can a Volunteer Expect;

  • Volunteers will be part of the 2nd largest parade in Canada and viewed across Canada by over 2 million viewers
  • To be dressed in traditional German Tracht (Dirndls or Lederhosen); there is a wide variety to choose from
  • Fun, Fun, Fun! Over 100,000 people line the route to see the Thanksgiving Day Parade, you get to be a part of that exciting energy
  • Volunteers are eligible for 5 1/2 hours of community service towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Transportation is provided to bring you back to the gathering spots, where some light refreshments will be provided.
    • Please advise if you have any food allergies in advance of parade day
  • Volunteers are fully supervised from the time they are dropped off at the gathering spot, until they are picked up after the parade.

Details for Parade Day Morning;

  • Volunteers are required to be at Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church, (160 Lancaster St. E, Kitchener, N2H 1N2) between 6:45-7:00am for registration.
  • Volunteers will get changed into their appropriate costumes.
  • Parade Marshalls will pick up volunteers in small groups to guide them to the start of the parade. The Marshall will stay with their group throughout the parade.
  • Transportation is arranged to bring volunteers back to Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church after the parade where parents/guardians can pick them up.

Children will be signed in upon arrival at the church, and will be signed in a second time on the bus to bring them back to Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church.   Volunteers are required to be signed out by a parent/guardian at pick up.

Youth Volunteer Application Form