Preparations underway for biggest real estate event of year: 2019 Festival Parade of Homes

Preparations underway for biggest real estate event of year: 2019 Festival Parade of Homes
By: Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana Last Updated: October 4, 2019

Preparations for the biggest real estate event of the year are underway as the Home Builders Association of NWI readies for the 2019 Festival Parade of Homes. Featuring premier designs by Kelly Construction, Luxor Homes, Metlov Builders, SPK Construction, and Hallmark Development, the festival will offer days of fun, prizes, and information for homebuyers.

Last held in 2016, the Parade of Homes showcases custom designs from HBA members while offering New Home Tours, Food, Live Entertainment, Drawings and more! This year, the parade is moving to Doubletree Lake Estates for an expanded showcase lasting from October 10-20.

“We wanted to reboot the staple event to be more of a festival that highlights our association builder and industry members,” said Eddie Castellanos, Executive Officer for the Home Builders Association of NWI. “We’re anticipating an estimated 5,000-8,000 people in attendance through the eleven-day event.”

This year’s parade features several theme days, including Family Day, Realtor Night, the Welcome Home Ladies event, as well as the biggest Kick-Off Event in northwest Indiana, the Boots N’ Bling VIP Party. The VIP Party features music from local performer Jonny James, a country buffet, an open bar and a mechanical bull for charity! The HBA is also inviting vendors from across the Region to speak with attendees about topics like remodeling, roofing, windows, flooring, and décor. Whether you visit as a prospective homebuyer or simply to admire the craftsmanship, the parade is offering something for everyone.

The HBA is also holding the SHAREity Raffle Drawing, benefiting five local charities, which include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater NWI, Habitat for Humanity of NWI, Opportunity Enterprises, St. Jude House, and Housing Opportunities. The Grand Prize winner will win $250,000 toward a Parade of Homes house, or $150,000 Cash! Over $270,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to 10 lucky entrants.

“The SHAREity Raffle is one of the biggest raffles in the state of Indiana and helps the most charities,” Castellanos said. “These local charities have all partnered with the HBA to bring awareness to how they help the community with their variety of programs and services.”

The HBA sees the raffle as an opportunity to unite local businesses and nonprofits, all while entertaining and educating the community.

The 2019 Festival Parade of Homes starts October 10 and runs until October 20 at the Doubletree Lake Estates in Winfield. The parade is open from 4pm-8pm on weekdays and 12pm-8pm on Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about the Festival Parade of Homes, including a calendar of events, $5 Advanced Tickets, and more, visit:, or contact the HBA of NWI office at 219-464-2944.

Daily events:
October 10th - VIP Party: Boot N’ Bling, performance by Johnny James
October 11th  - Realtor Night, Party People DJ, Karaoke
October 12th - Big Band Saturday 1, Uptown Dance Band
October 13th - Family Day
October 14th - Shareity Raffle Last Ticket Party, performance by Chad Clifford
October 15th - Useless Trivia Night, Performance by Trivia Master October 16th - Welcome Home Ladies, performance by Jason Murphy
October 17th - NWI Parade of Pizza, Performance by Dan Reisen
October 18th - Friday Night Entertainment, Performance by Lauren Dukes Band
October 19th - Big Band Saturday 2, Performance by The Unit
October 20th - SHAREity Raffle Drawing, Performance by Angelo Cicco