October 1st - 31st, 2016


2015 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.


2015 Calendar of Events

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Festival Downloads

Maple Leaf Festival Downloads will be available soon.

Festival Applications

Maple Leaf Festival Application Packets will be available April 1st, 2015. No Joke.

Parade Information

Parade Route Details
Parade route begins on the west side of the Square, south down Grant/Grand Avenue, east on Centennial and ends at the Carthage Middle School (River & Centennial).  Total length is just under 2 miles.  Reserved seating for handicapped individuals located at 6th & Grant.  Carthage R-9 Auditorium is located north of Chestnut & Main Streets.

View Map of Parade Route

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 Willie Arthur Smith's Marching Cobras, an art & crafts festival, car show, quilt show, food vendors and live entertainment.

The rest of the festival is filled with a variety of activities including a 5K/10K, beauty pageants, baby and toddler contests, dog show and dog skill competition, gospel sing, and a lip-syncing competition. Celebrating its 50th year in 2016, the Maple Leaf Festival offers family style fun in a home town atmosphere.

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