Introducing The
NYIAS Kids’ Motorcade Parade

Kids’ Motorcade Parade

For the first time ever, we’re inviting our youngest auto fans to participate in a car costume parade during this year’s opening ceremony. Be part of one of our biggest annual events on Saturday, March 31st.

PLEASE NOTE: The Kids’ Motorcade Parade is currently at capacity. Spots may open up, so be sure to register below to be added to the wait list!

Sign up for the Kids’ Motorcade Parade wait list. While the Kids’ Motorcade Parade is currently at capacity, spots will continue to open up. We encourage you to sign up now for a chance to be at the part of the opening ceremony. If you are selected from the wait list, your family will receive FREE TICKETS to enjoy opening day!

Please note: Participants must be 12 years of age or younger. Free tickets will be provided to parade participants and their parent/guardian marching with them.

Opening Ceremonies Details

Where: Javits Center, 11th Ave. (btwn 34th & 40th St.)


  • Date: Saturday, March 31
  • Parade Marcher Arrival Time: 8 – 9 AM
  • Parade Start Time: 9 AM
  • NYIAS 2018 Opens: 10 AM

For costume tips and more, see below!


While the Kids’ Motorcade Parade is currently at capacity, spots will continue to open up. We encourage you to sign up to be added to the wait list.

  • Please enter parent/guardian name to register for the NYIAS Kids' Car Parade wait list
  • Please include the name of an additional parent/guardian, if participating
  • Please enter your email to receive confirmation
  • How many children under 12 will be participating?

All signed up? Great!

Here are 3 Easy Ways to Participate in the Kids’ Motorcade Parade:

  1. Make a Costume: Get creative and help your child design his/her own homemade car costume. Looking for inspiration? Check out these resources:
    1. How to make a car costume video
    2. Step by step guide to making a car costume
    3. How to make a cardboard car costume
  2. Purchase a Costume: Please just make sure it’s car themed.
  3. Dress Up at the Show: Just show up to the parade, no prep needed! We’ll provide free props and crafts for your use.

The Grand Marshal Sweepstakes

Making a costume at home? Then your child could be named the Parade Grand Marshal! In addition to leading the parade, the Grand Marshal will receive 6 free tickets for opening day, along with other Auto Show prizes.

Enter your child now in two simple steps:

  1. Take a photo of your kid’s costume.
  2. Post the photo on Twitter or Instagram with #NYIAS, #Sweepstakes and #KidsCarParade—post as many times as you like!

We’ll notify the winner by Friday, March 23rd.

See rules and regulations.

For any additional questions, please email [email protected].