New this year, you can choose whether to walk through a parade home or view a virtual tour online from the comfort of your own home. Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, the virtual tour will provide a 360-degree view and video tours of each home, in addition to interviews with many of the builders.
Several homes can only be seen through a virtual tour. Those will be online starting Aug. 1. Other parade homes open to the public Aug. 1 through 9 will have virtual tours online mid-August.
Access the virtual tours by clicking on each home under the Homes tab. The virtual tour also is available on the ParadeSmart mobile app. You can revisit your favorite houses all year long, up until the 2021 Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes.
Tickets to attend the Iowa City Area Parade of Homes are $10 and available at each featured parade home.
CDC guidelines may change, so check the parade app, ParadeSmart or the parade website, iowacityparade.thegazette.com, for updates.
Every year, parade builders ask the public to put on a pair of disposable booties to keep the floors of featured homes as clean as possible. Pick up a pair of booties at the first parade home you visit and keep them as you tour other homes. No need to put the booties back in the basket.
Bring your own sanitizer or use ours. A big bottle of pump sanitizer will greet you at the door of each home.
Leave ample space between yourself and those you don’t live with. Only a handful of people are usually visiting each parade home at a time, but it’s possible you may be asked to wait a few minutes before entering a parade home. Your patience is appreciated.
Try to follow the Golden Rule — Each parade house is someone’s future home. So be considerate. If a sign says not to open something, don’t open that door. Maybe something is not quite complete on the other side. Tread lightly and be a good guest.
Make a pit stop before you go. Never ask to use the bathroom at a parade house. There are no public restrooms, to go to the bathroom or wash your hands, at the parade homes.
Ask before you take any photos. Each parade builder has put a great deal of time and work into their parade home and may not welcome you taking photos. Just ask first.