Parade + Lawn Parade

The Icelandic Festival’s Annual Parade is the largest parade in rural Manitoba. In a typical year it attracts thousands of people every year for this grand event.

The parade travels from the Rec Centre on Highway 9, south to Centre Street, down Centre Street to First Avenue, around the loop by Betel and down First Avenue to Amisk Drive finishing at Gimli Park.

Parade (In-Person)

Due to COVID-19 we will not be hosting our regular in-person parade..

Lawn Parade Contest

You can still participate in the largest parade celebration in Manitoba, safely from home. Decorate your lawn in Icelandic themed finery and show your Viking spirit from July 29th to August 2nd, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST. Get creative and pull out the blue and red streamers and the makeshift Vikings and compete to win. Enter from anywhere in the world! Winners announced Monday, August 2nd on our social media platforms and website.

Add to your display with one of our Icelandic at Home Lawn Signs

How to Enter:

  • Read the information below on judging and categories
  • Submit your entry information and photos to between July 29th to August 2nd, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST to be considered for judging

Entries will be shared on Icelandic Festival social media and the website.

Entry Information

  • Submission Category (choose one of the following)

- Best Cultural Entry
- Best Children’s/Family Entry
- Judge’s Award/Best Overall Entry

  • Submission Title  
  • Address (not publicly shown, applicable only if our photographer takes photos of local entries)  
  • Image upload (Upload up to 4 images)


The lawn parade is open to all entries and is free of charge. Entries fall under the following categories:

  • Cultural
  • Children / Family
  • Special Groups


Entries will be judged based on overall message, décor, design, signage, originality, authenticity, cultural relevance, and social media engagement.


Prizes will be awarded for each category. 

  • Best Cultural Entry
  • Best Youth/Family Entry
  • Judge’s Award/Best Overall Entry 

2021 Lawn Parade Winner

Best Overall: "Lost Vikings Down Under - Stowaway Huldufólk and Drop Bears" - Amelia Iverson and Josh Maynes - Melbourne, Australia

Honorable Mention: Donna Austfjord - Gimli, Manitoba 

Visit our Facebook page to view all of the lawn parade entries.

History of the Islendingadagurinn Parade

Enjoy our video highlighting past moments from our annual festival parade.

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Icelandic Festival of Manitoba

Festival Gift Shop / Office 

June/July 2022 Hours 
Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday (closed)

General Inquiries:
Phone: 1 (204) 642-7417

107-94 1st Avenue
Gimli, Manitoba, R0C 1B1