Schedule for Bicentennial Inaugural Parade and Ball on September 18, 2021

On Saturday, September 18, Governor Parson and First Lady Parson will host the Bicentennial Inaugural Parade and Ball at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. 

The Bicentennial Inaugural Parade will take place this Saturday, September 18 at 10 a.m. in Jefferson City. The Bicentennial Inaugural Ball will also be this Saturday, September 18 at 5:00 p.m. in Jefferson City. These events are a way to celebrate the swearing-in of Missouri’s statewide elected officials and, more importantly, the history and significance of the state of Missouri. Following the parade, the Governor and First Lady will host an Ice Cream Social event outside the Governor's Mansion with 1,000 free scoops of ice cream courtesy of the Ice Cream Factory. 

Additionally, the Missouri State Capitol will feature various community engagement items and Missouri professional sports championship trophies, which will be available for viewing and photos from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.

The nearly 100 piece Bicentennial Inaugural Parade will be livestreamed on Governor Parson's Facebook Page with Ned Reynolds of Southwest Missouri and Kermit Miller of Central Missouri emceeing and announcing each piece of the parade. Also, on the parade’s Facebook Event Page, Missourians can find updates and information for this historic day.

The Bicentennial Inaugural Ball will take place on the Capitol’s North Portico and Lawn and will feature live music from Branson’s The Duttons and a fireworks display. At 5:00 p.m. check in starts, and the evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Grand March of elected officials. The Ball will continue until 11:00 p.m.

For those planning to attend the Bicentennial Inaugural Ball, please RSVP using this link.

*To accommodate the parade, there will be a number of road closures along the parade route. Please see the attached parade route and parking lot map as well as below for additional details specific to the media.

Important notes for media:

Media will be given credentials for the day. Only one set of credentials will be given which will be good for both the Parade and Ball. Media can pick up their credentials during one of the three options below. 

  • Friday, September 17 from 12 - 5 p.m., Governor's Office Room 218
  • Saturday, September 18 from 7:30 - 9:45 a.m., Emcee Location (See attached map)
  • Saturday, September 18 from 4:30 - 6 p.m., Governor's Office Room 218

Additionally, the regular media parking lot at the State Capitol will be closed during the Parade and Ball. Limited Media parking will be available in Lot 8 for the Parade only (see attached map). Media will need to be prepared to identify themselves to the on-site Governor's Office attendant for entry.

All state parking lots will be available during the Ball (see attached map). 


Saturday, September 18, 2021

A Celebration of Missouri’s Highlights

When:            8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where:           Missouri State Capitol Building (1st Floor Rotunda)

What:             A collection of Championship trophies and Bicentennial highlights celebrating the greatness

                        of Missouri, which includes:

  • Missouri professional sports championship trophies
    • Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV & LIV Trophies
    • St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV Trophy
    • Kansas City Royals World Series Trophies - 2015, 1985
    • St. Louis Cardinals World Series Trophies (4 of 11 Titles) - 1967, 1982, 2006, 2011
    • St. Louis Blues 2019 Stanley Cup Replica Trophy
  • Missouri Bicentennial Quilt
  • Missouri State Parks Quilt
  • Missouri Bicentennial Mural


Bicentennial Inaugural Parade

When:            10:00 a.m.

Where:           Outside Missouri State Capitol – High Street (see attached map)

                        *Livestream available on Governor Parson’s Facebook Page.

What:             Nearly 100 entries highlighting the history and significance of Missouri history, which includes:

  • The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales
  • Statewide Elected Officials
  • Marching Mizzou Band
  • Fort Leonard Wood 339th Army Band
  • Missouri State University Pride Marching Band
  • Lincoln University Marching Musical Storm
  • JC Penney's 1947 Cadillac – Hamilton, Missouri
  • The Boyhood Hometown of Walt Disney – Marceline, Missouri
  • Tom and Becky Goodwill Ambassadors – Hannibal, Missouri
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum & License Plate


Ice Cream Social at Governor’s Mansion - The Ice Cream Factory

When:             12:30 p.m.

Where:           Outside the Governor’s Mansion Gates

                        100 Madison St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

What:             1000 free ice cream scoops donated by The Ice Cream Factory.

                        A variety of ice cream flavors will be available. 


Bicentennial Inaugural Ball

*Attire: Black-Tie Optional 

*If attending the Bicentennial Inaugural Ball, please RSVP using this link.

Grand March

When:             6:30 p.m.

Where:           Missouri State Capitol (North Lawn/Riverside)

                        *Entrance/Check in will begin at 5 p.m. on East and West sides of Capitol Building 

What:             Welcome and introduction of elected leaders, which includes:

  • Missouri Supreme Court Judges
  • Missouri House of Representatives
  • Missouri Senate
  • Missouri House Leadership
  • Missouri Senate Leadership
  • Statewide Elected Officials
  • Parson Family
  • Governor and First Lady Parson

Fireworks Show

When:             9:30 p.m.

Where:           Missouri State Capitol (North Lawn/Riverside)

What:             Firework show overlooking the Missouri River 

*Bicentennial Inaugural Ball concludes at 11:00 p.m.