Parade of Homes opens to big crowds despite rainy start

ST. GEORGE — The 27th St. George Area Parade of Homes got underway Friday morning as doors to the brand new homes were opened to eager crowds. The annual parade is presented by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association, a network of building industry businesses located throughout Washington, Kane and San Juan counties.

A bunkroom in House 4 of the St. George Area Parade of Homes provides space for the homeowner’s visiting grandchildren, St. George, Utah, Feb. 17, 2017 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

This year’s parade features 28 homes ranging in price from $254,000 to just shy of $3 million, spread across Washington County.

“There’s definitely something for everyone at this year’s parade,” said Erik Sorenson, a member of the Southern Utah Home Builders Association.

The St. George Area Parade of Homes is the biggest home parade in the state, Sorenson said, and it draws people from across Utah and beyond who come to see the latest in building and home design trends.

“Each home has its unique touch of its own designer. So it’s not just one style for all the homes,” he said. ” … If you are looking for ideas for your own home this is the place to be because you are going to see a little of everything done and really in unique fashion too because there’s just so many great things and innovations that have come out in the last few years, you’re going to see those in the homes.”


Get a sneak peek of the homes:

Watch the video in the media player top of this story.


Friday’s opening was dampened by steady rain but, despite the fairly consistent downfall, crowds of people turned out to take in the show.

The Parade of Homes is wonderful,” Cary Blake of C. Blake homes said, “already we’ve got (a) lot of people … everybody’s happy and complimentary. It’s been great.”

In 2016, the parade saw over 30,000 people pass through the homes, Sorenson said, and they expect this year to attract even more people.

The St. George News team visited some of the homes on opening day to give readers a sneak peek of what to expect – see video above.

Tickets for the St. George Area Parade of Homes are $15. All guests ages 3 and up must have a ticket to enter the homes. Tickets can be purchased online or at the following locations: Red Cliffs Mall, 1750 E. Red Cliffs Drive in St. George; Lin’s Markets in St. George, Hurricane, Washington City and Cedar City.

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Event details

  • What: St. George Area Parade of Homes.
  • When: Friday, Feb. 17, though Sunday, Feb. 26 | 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Where: Homes throughout Washington County.
  • Cost: Tickets cost $15 per person. Children 3 years and older are required to have a ticket. No discounts available.
  • Purchase tickets: Purchase tickets here or at Red Cliffs Mall, 1750 E. Red Cliffs Drive, St. George or Lin’s Markets in St. George, Hurricane, Washington City and Cedar City.
  • Resources: St. George Area Parade of Homes

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2 Comments

  • utahdiablo February 18, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Most of these homes in the Parade are a Million to 3 Million….guess our locals are that rich now huh? …With all the overcrowing of our cities and roadways, along with endless crowds into our local National parks? You got your wish Southern Utah, you’ve become Southern California…

  • outsider_100@hotmail.com February 18, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Let’s agree, that SW Washington County is a pretty nice place to live.
    Even though it became the epicenter of Utah’s real estate meltdown in the late 2000’s, and left a lot of banks with embarassing non-performing loans, things have changed.
    We are still seeing an influx of folks from out of state, who are typically escaping California…..
    The good news is that we have plenty of undeveloped land to absorb this traffic, and local entities are trying their best to plan ahead for the growth. Therefore, prices have no reason to rise above inflation since the next subdivision is just around the corner…..
    The POH is merely a marketing event. Based on the number of former “Parade of Homes” houses that sit on MLS, or have to be auctioned off at a significant loss, most builders are showing homes that they built for a specific customer, well in advance.
    At least the banks that have financed the stupidity in the past have dialed back their lending…..

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