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.

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 – 8:30 AM
  • Parade Start Time: 9:15 AM
  • NYIAS 2018 Opens: 10 AM

For costume tips and more, see below!

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!

The contest is now closed!

See rules and regulations.

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