A History of the Twin Cities' Parade of Homes

The Twin Cities' Parade of Homes has been helping area families find homes, builders, remodelers, resources and inspiration for homes since 1949. Here is a short history:

2018: The Parade of Homes will celebrate its 70th year showcasing new and remodeled homes, builders, remodelers and home products and services to area families

2015: Independent research verified that the Parade of Homes was a trusted, well-liked brand in the region, estimating that 230,000 people had visited a Parade Home in the past year

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2014: The Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes added a curated high-end, ticketed tour of exclusive new and remodeled homes every June

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2012: The Parade of Homes and the Remodelers Showcase introduced cleaner, updated logos

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2011: The Green Path Energy Tour became a special section during every Parade of Homes tour to provide families an easy and independently verified way to identify energy efficiency in new homes

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2010: BATC acquired the Parade of Homes Federal Trademark from Indiana

2010: Real families told their home buying and remodeling experiences and began gracing our covers.

2006: An online TourPlanner helped website visitors to create their own personal tour routes

2004-2007: Tune into a Better Home® launched the Parade of Homes Radio hour on WCCO-AM radio

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2003 – 2006: Condo’s and townhomes were booming so the Parade of Homes EasyStreet was held in May to provide an easy way to tour

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2000-2009: Flower, leaf and butterfly icons identified the Parade of Homes and the Guidebooks

2001: ParadeofHomes.org added resources and searches for builders and remodelers to provide year-round function

2000: The Remodelers Showcase was folded into the Parade of Homes family, becoming the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

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1998: Parade of Homes celebrated 50 years with a commemorative Logo

Parade of Homes 50th Anniversary logo

1996: the BATC Foundation Dream Home program began with two exclusive high-end homes selected as fund raisers for the charitable arm of BATC, the Builders Outreach Foundation (today you know them as the BATC Foundation), collecting $5 entry fees and helping raise dollars to support their work building and remodeling homes for families in need

1996: ParadeofHomes.org created an online digital tour guide

1995: Parade of Homes logo was updated for a fresh 90s look

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1995: Where Dream Homes Come True® became the official Parade of Homes slogan

1984: The first official Parade of Homes logo was introduced, the custom chrome-look lettering was oh so 80s

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1950s: The Queen of Homes royal court represented the annual Parade of Homes, now held in both Minneapolis and St. Paul

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1950s: GIs back from the war were ready to find homes and start their families which made the Parade of Homes a valuable shopping opportunity

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1949: The first Minneapolis Parade of Homes was held with 12 homes in Edina — home to the first baby boomers

1948: Six builders collaborate on an Idea House in Edina drawing crowds and setting the stage for the success of our Parade of Homes, scattered site home tours.