The 2021 Annandale Parade    
Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:00 AM to Noon along Columbia Pike in Annandale.   The Annual Parade has been an Annandale tradition since 1950.  It promotes community involvement and neighborhood camaraderie while celebrating the rich diversity of Annandale.

Mark your calendar, participate or bring the family to view this Annandale Tradition.  Children are invited to wear their Halloween Costumes, to cheer the participants, and to marvel at the  exhibits.

Dance groups are restricted to 50 participants each.  Please email the chamber office with any questions.






No staging can be accommodated on either side of the Reviewing Stand along Columbia Pike. Special guests and sponsors will be staging in those areas of the parking lot.

  Annandale Parade Lithograph 

FCHS and Olaf

Girl Scouts

Burke & Herbert Bank

American Heritage Girls, St. Michael's School

Fairfax County Library

The McKinnon Family

Cub Scout Pack 1229

Orange Theory Barcroft and Ricardy Anderson

The Renaissance of Annandale

Mathnasium in the Annandale Shopping Center

Navy Federal Credit Union

Hope Lutheran Church Batmobile

Civil Air Cadets

Code Red Dance Team

Kenwood School

The Stomping Eagles Step Dance Team

Hapmudo Martial Arts Studio

Blu's Dance Studio

1975 Hahn Fire Truck owned by the McCuin Family

The Moms Club of Annandale

Queen of Apostles School

Spiderman Car

Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus

Burke and Herbert Bank, Annandale, VA

 Griffin Academy of Westminster School

Kenwood School and Grasshopper Green, Annandale, VA

Knights of Columbus Color Gurad


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The Annandale Parade
Saturday, October 23, 2021
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The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, beginning at 10:00 am.  Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church and the Annandale Shopping Center near Gallows Road, all the way to the Bowling Alley-Safeway, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique & Military Cars, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale.  Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this seventy year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year. Register early, before all spaces are taken.  Entry forms are available in the right column of this page along with the parade route and the chamber's email address for more information at

Mark your calendar, participate or bring the family to view this Annandale Tradition.  Children are invited to wear their Halloween Costumes, to cheer the participants, and to marvel at the  exhibits.
the 2021 Annandale Parade

 The 2019 Annandale Parade Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal Dan McKinnonDan McKinnon, is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral who, after living on three continents thinks Annandale and Fairfax County are near the center of the earth. He left the Navy in 1991 as Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command and 36th Chief of Supply Corps. Among his awards are the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of the Navy and Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense. He retired again in 2000 as President and CEO of “NISH – Creating Employment for People with Severe Disabilities”, having been invited to the White House to attend the signing of the American with Disabilities Act.  He is currently President of the Project Handclasp Foundation working on charitable projects in the Philippines.

Dan believes in Annandale.   Understanding our home town is more than a Zip Code, he began volunteer work by helping Helen Winter and Eileen Garnett clean our streets and pick up cigarette butts.   Then followed President of the Pinecrest Heights Community Association, Chair of the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee, and President of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, where he was twice selected citizen of the year.   Dan served as Chairman of the Fairfax County Commercial Revitalization Coalition, Chairman of the Fairfax County Commercial Revitalization and Reinvestment Advisory Group, and would drive to Richmond to attend Board of Directors meetings of the Virginia Industries for the Blind.  He was a long-time board member of the Navy Federal Credit Union bringing a branch to Annandale.

Dan has lived in Annandale since 1970 with his wife, Rae Lynne, who owned an income tax and accounting practice in Alexandria.  He enjoys writing historical articles and engaging in postgraduate studies on the spoiling of grandchildren. They have one son, Daniel W. McKinnon, III, who resides in Vienna with his wife, Anne Marie, and their three children, granddaughters Marianna who is 8 and Emily who is 6, and yet another Dan who is 3. 

Dan says the real Annandale are the people who care and step forward to labor long for their community.   He loves our diversity, proud to see Annandale become a banking and restaurant destination, and is honored to have known the leaders that made it happen.

The Annandale Parade Marches to Success

The Griffin AcademyThe Annandale Parade marches through the Annandale business district to large crowds and sunshine. More than sixty local groups participate, along with a number of large & imaginative floats.

Featured prominently at the celebration are Boy Scout Troop & Cub Pack 150 who have headed the parade since the beginning of this treasured community event.  Bolivian Dance Groups, the Marching Atoms,  the Code Red Dance Team from AHS, the Stomping Eagles Step Dancing Team,  and the Route 66 PT Cruisers provided the variety that spectators have grown to anticipate.  Most importantly, many school children, scouts,  the American Heritage Girls, Civil Air Cadets,  local businesses,  including banks, medical practices, insurance agencies, community organizations, Mathnasium, driving schools,  and church groups beam with enthusiasm bringing smiles to everyone.



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