Riverfest Parade Line-up:  click HERE to view.

Riverfest Parade Route:  click HERE to view.

Parade Route Barricades:  click on LOCATIONS to view.

Sunday Shuttle Bus

1:45pm – 6:00pm

Relax & Ride! FREE Park & Ride shuttle service will be available on Sunday and will make stops at the following:

1. City parking lot at corner of 3rd & Walnut
2. DMV Office/Help Center at 3rd & Cedar St
3. Middle School parking lot
4. Ellison Park at east end near log shelter building
5. East Bridge Park parking lot across from Walgreens

Shuttle Stop Map

Community Worship Service in Ellison Park


Thanks to several churches in the Monticello community, a special service will be offered in Ellison Park on Sunday morning, July 14th.  Service will be held at the west end of the park.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and find a spot in the shade. Enjoy the summer weather with this outdoor worship service in Ellison Park.

Ellison Park

Riverfest Parade

12 noon  (start time)


Do you want to be part of our parade?  You can join us with your band, float, or group!  Click here for a 2019 Riverfest Parade Application.  Limited to entries received by July 8th.

Do you have a convertible that can be used in the parade for Monticello Royal Ambassador candidates? Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 763.295.2700.

Special Notes

The 2019 Riverfest Parade will feature a marching band, drum line group, Shriners Go-Karts and many more units.  Please contact the Chamber for more information if you are part of a band or musical group.  Parade line-up at 11 am.  See Parade Official for assistance when you arrive.

The Route

The parade starts on 3rd Street at the Monticello American Legion Club and heads East to Walnut Street. Then it will take a right on Walnut Street and head South until 6th Street. The Parade takes a right on 6th Street and heads West to Minnesota Street; there it turns South and ends on West 7th Street. NOTE: Parade units will exit at 7th Street West, near the area where they started.

To view the parade route, click here: 2019 PARADE ROUTE


Look for 4-H Club members who will be accepting donations for the Monticello Foodshelf prior to the start of the parade. Come early to reserve your spot on the parade route, and bring plenty of sun screen. The weather is scheduled once again to be perfect!

Again, we are asking that both those riding in the parade and those attending the parade not spray water of any kind. We have had too many complaints and we risk losing parade participants if we continue to have water guns in the parade. We ask all parade attendees to help police this request.

We would like to have parade participants sign up early so we can mail them a notification of where they will line up in the parade. This will hopefully cut down on the confusion at the beginning of the parade and make it easier for everyone riding in the parade. Get the 2019 Riverfest Parade Application today! Participants should start lining up at 11:00 with a parade start at 12 noon.

To find out where parade units are to line up or if you have any questions, please feel free to call or email:

Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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1:30pm – 5:30pm

After the parade, head down to Ellison Park for the rest of the festivities!
Two shuttle buses will be provided from parade time until the conclusion of events in the Park.


The Monticello Boy Scouts will be serving lunch from 1:30 pm – 5 pm.  Come and have a picnic in the park with an old-fashioned hog roast catered by Von Hanson’s of Monticello!  Meal will include roasted pulled pork sandwich (or pulled chicken) on homemade buns, potato salad, smoky baked beans, cole slaw, and assorted condiments and sauces.  Ticket prices remain the same as last year at $7 per meal – tickets can be purchased at the park.  Other concessions include premium hot dogs from Von Hansons’s Meats, snowcones, rootbeer floats, and more.

Please no outside food and beverages!

And so much more!

Betty Danger

Beer Garden on site.
Live Music from 2 – 5 pm featuring Betty Danger.”
Kids games for all ages including carnival games and inflatables.
Bingo Tent – Everyone Welcome!
KRWC AM 1360 Radio Road Show.
CentraCare Wellness Van will be at the park.

Citizen of the Year

Presentation at 4:00 pm.  Come find out who will be honored as the 2019 Monticello Citizen of the Year!

Monticello Royal Ambassador Coronation

Presentation follows Citizen of the Year. Who will be crowned as the next Monticello Royal Ambassadors?

Duck Race

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Picture courtesy of Monticello Chamber of Commerce

3:30 pm

Duck Race on the Mississippi River. The drop happens at 3:30 pm on the Hwy 25 bridge. Watch the race from the banks of the river in Ellison Park. Winners announced at 5:00 pm after the Royal Ambassador coronation.

Cash Prizes totaling up to $10,000 (based on donations received) to include:
1st place – $2,500
2nd – 6th place – $1,000
7th – 29th –  $100
Last duck – $100

More information about this event is posted on the Duck Race page.  (Also see the Duck Race page for the listing of winners after they are announced.)

Ellison Park

Questions? Contact Monticello Riverfest Committee: