Deadline nears for Yukon Czech Day parade entries

Still time to reserve space; 57th annual festival Oct. 7

Paul Francel holds the United States’ flag as he leads Oklahoma Czechs, Inc. members down Yukon’s Main Street during last year’s Yukon Czech Day parade. Oklahoma Czechs, Inc. is seeking parade entries for the 57th Annual Oklahoma Czech Festival set Saturday, Oct. 7 in Yukon. Anyone interested should call (405) 210-0210 or email (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

Entry deadline is nearing for the ever-popular Yukon Czech Day parade.

The Oklahoma Czechs Inc. will present the 57th Annual Oklahoma Czech Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7 in Yukon.

The traditional parade – which starts at 10 a.m. – proceeds along Main Street from Garth Brooks Boulevard to N 3rd Street.

More than 100 entries are expected.

Highlights will include Czech royalty and dancers, tractors, car clubs, bands, school groups, athletic teams, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, civic clubs, churches, restaurants, other businesses, and the Shriners.

Piedmont’s Paul and Lisa Francel have been selected as this year’s grand parade marshals.

Judges will select winners in three categories – youth, adult and commercial.

Thousands of people will attend Yukon’s Czech heritage celebration Oct. 7 in the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma.”

Anyone interested in having an entry in the parade should call (405) 210-0210 or send an email to



The Oklahoma Czech Festival, which started in October 1966, is Yukon’s largest special event.

Oklahoma Czechs, Inc.’s mission is to preserve the precious traditions and customs of the Czech people, handed down from generation to generation.

Besides Saturday morning’s parade, Yukon Czech Day with feature Czech music and dancing, crowning of 2023-24 Oklahoma Czech-Slovak royalty, carnival rides, midway games, arts and crafts booths, and food vendors.

Czech kolache, klobasy and souvenirs will be sold inside the Czech Building, the “festival hub”.

Historic Yukon Czech Hall, 205 N Czech Hall Road, will host a royalty coronation ball to conclude festivities Saturday night.