Opening Season Parade Grand Marshal Contest


We are looking for the Zoo’s first Grand Marshal of the Opening Season Parade, sponsored by Busy Beaver, happening on Memorial Day! This special experience allows the winner and their three guests to march or ride at the front of the Opening Season Parade. The winner will also receive a $100 Busy Beaver gift card! We will choose one winner on Friday, May 20th!

Contest Details At a Glance

  • The contest will run from Friday, May 6 to Friday, May 20, 2022 at 10 a.m.
  • All members of our Armed Forces age 18 or older who possess a valid military ID card, including active duty, reserve, guard, and veterans–all branches of service including U.S. Coast Guard, are welcome to enter.
  • One winner will be randomly selected to serve as the Grand Marshal of our Opening Season Parade on Memorial Day (May 30, 2022).
  • The winner will receive three (3) general admission tickets to the Zoo and $100 Busy Beaver gift card. Guests may use these tickets on Memorial Day to participate in the parade with the winner, or optionally use at a later date.
  • The winner will be contacted by the Zoo’s Marketing Department.
  • The winner’s name (first name, last initial) will be announced on the Zoo’s website and social media pages.
  • The winner will be featured on our social media pages with a photo from the event.




HOW TO ENTER: To enter the “Opening Season Parade Grand Marshal” contest, fill out the form on the Opening Season Parade Grand Marshal Contest webpage (this page). Entrants must fill out the form completely to be entered into the contest. Submissions for the contest will be accepted beginning at 11:00 a.m. EST on Friday, May 6, and will end at 10:00 AM EST on May 20, 2022. No purchase is necessary to win.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: The winner will be selected at random as determined by Pittsburgh Zoo, whose decisions concerning all matters related to the contest shall be final.  Limit one prize.

PRIZES: The prize shall be three (3) general admission tickets to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the ability to be the Grand Marshal of the Opening Season Parade on May 30, 2022. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is responsible only for prize delivery; and is not responsible for prize utility, quality, or otherwise.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest will consist of a random drawing open to all who possess a valid military ID card (active duty, Reserve, Guard, Veteran–all branches of service including U.S. Coast Guard), aged 18 and older with the exception of employees and family members of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The winner must show proof of Armed Forces status.

VERIFICATION OF WINNERS AND DELIVERY OF PRIZES: The winner will be notified by email or by phone. The winner does not need to be present to win. The prize may be awarded to an alternate winner if the winner does not respond to an email within five (5) days. The winner agrees to use of their name, likeness, and/or prize information for promotional purposes in any medium without additional compensation to the extent permitted by law. Inclusion of additional guest likeness optional to the winner, and any such use with respect to a minor to be subject to prior approval of his or her parent or legal guardian.

GENERAL: This contest is void in all areas where prohibited or restricted by law.  Entry materials that are incomplete or illegible may be deemed void and not accepted.  In the event of any such cancellation, termination, or suspension, a notice will be posted at By participating in the contest, each entrant accepts the conditions stated in these Official Rules, agrees to be bound by the decisions of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, warrants that he or she is eligible to participate in the contest, and agrees that no claim relating to damages, losses or injuries shall be asserted against the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, its officers, directors, agents or employees. By accepting a prize, the winner agrees to release the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, its directors, employees, officers and agents from any and all liability, loss, or damages arising from or in connection with the awarding, receipt, and/or use or misuse of the prizes or participation in any prize-related activities.

WINNERS’ NAME: Winner’s first name and last initial will be announced on and on the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s official social networks.

QUESTIONS: Call Alex Cauley, Marketing Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, at 412-365-2533.