The Banner Parade

People carrying congregational banners into the General Session Hall at the 2015 GA.

2023 Banner Parade

The banner parade is a GA institution. For the first time since 2019 we welcome back the traditional procession of banners into the General Session Hall, while including a rolling slideshow of virtual banners. For a fun twist this year's Banner Parade will start in the GA Exhibit Hall! Please bring your congregation’s banner to General Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA or submit a high-resolution photo of your congregation’s banner prior to General Assembly. Banners will be displayed in the General Session Hall and the celebration will be live streamed.

Download Instructions for Making a Banner (PDF) .

Submitting a Virtual Banner

If you’re not traveling to Pittsburgh, or you want to leave your banner at home, you may submit a high-resolution photo of your banner in portrait-style (vertical) to the Virtual Banner Parade Submission Form . Supported file types include JPG or PNG (no PDF’s please). We encourage you to submit the highest resolution photo possible.

Virtual Banners will be shown as a slideshow video, accompanied by live music and closeups of the on-site bannersparade. Submitted photos will also be uploaded to the GA app.

To have your congregation's banner presented virtually, submit your banner photo by Friday, April 14, 2023.

We can’t wait to see your banners online and in-person in a celebration of this historic tradition!

Video of the 2021 Virtual Banner Parade

Video of the 2019 Opening Celebration (Banner Parade begins six and a half minutes in).