Penguins on Parade grand marshal

Help lead our feathered friends on an exciting journey through the Zoo to meet new friends! This exclusive experience lets you get up-close and personal with some of our best-dressed birds. As a Parade Marshal, you help our Aquarists guide our penguins through a parade route of eager spectators, learn about their unique “birdonalities” and go behind the scenes to see where they live!


Participants must be 10 years of age or older. If the parade is canceled due to weather, participants will be given the opportunity to meet some of our penguins in an encounter behind the scenes. Please review all the requirements below before purchasing.

Learn more about Penguins on Parade here.

Saturdays and Sundays beginning December 2

Temperature must be below 45°F and non-hazardous.

Please arrive to the Aquarium by 11:15 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. parade

Event length may vary or be canceled due to environmental conditions.

Outside of the Aquarium


Does not include Zoo admission


Participants must be 10 years of age or older.

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

Marshals will not directly handle penguins and must follow all rules and regulations provided by Zoo staff.

All participants are required to stay in approved areas when behind the scenes of the Aquarium.

This experience does not include Zoo admission. Participants must purchase admission to gain Zoo entry.

Parades are weather dependent and can be cancelled if the conditions are not safe for our animals.

If the parade is canceled, participants will be given the opportunity to meet some of our penguins in an encounter behind the scenes.

What factors determine if Penguins on Parade will happen?

Our indoor penguin habitat is kept at ideal temperatures between 37-45 degrees Fahrenheit. To host an outdoor parade, temperatures should be of similar range: below 45 degrees F and generally feel above 25 degrees F. Cloud cover, wind chill, and precipitation can affect the feel of the air and influence the decision to host the parade. Conditions must not be hazardous to penguins or humans. When temperatures are unsteady, we will monitor the weather until close to the event and do our best to offer a penguin parade when possible. If an outdoor parade cannot take place, penguins will remain visible in their habitat inside the Aquarium.


Safety Notes

If penguins approach you during the parade, enjoy watching them up close, but please do not touch the penguins.

If conditions are slippery, note that the pathway will not be salted for the safety of penguin feet. Please watch your step.