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May Fête Parade Pays Tribute to Heroes

The 95th annual May Fête Parade will take place on Saturday, May 6 starting at 10 a.m. on University Avenue at Emerson Street. Known as the oldest children’s parade in Northern California, this year’s event has more than 2,000 participants registered, including six bands.

This year’s theme is “My Hero is…”, celebrating the heroes in our lives, such as newly retired Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns who will serve as the Grand Marshal. Students Joshua George and Riley Filter will team up to serve as the Youth Grand Marshals representing Palo Alto High School's Best Buddies program. The Best Buddies program creates opportunities for students with intellectual & developmental disabilities, pairing them with a peer in general education. They hang out weekly at school and have monthly events after school like movie nights, barbecues, and dance parties.

Besides local school bands, and Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Sea Scouts troupes, the Robotics team from Gunn High School will participate in the parade. There will also be Super Heroes taking part in the parade from Happily Ever Laughter. They include Super Bubble Ranger & Galaxy Girl.

The parade will turn right off University Avenue once it hits Waverly Street, then ends at Heritage Park on Homer Avenue, where the May Fête Fair will be taking place. The fair goes from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and features an array of fun children’s activities, picnic areas, great food and a performance stage featuring local groups. It is organized by  the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto.

The Museum of American Heritage (across from Heritage Park) will also be hosting their Annual Vintage Vehicle and Family Festival with activities from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Some downtown streets will be closed on Saturday for the parade. Roads will re-open as the parade passes, but the 300 block of Homer (between Waverley and Bryant Streets) will be closed until about 3 p.m. for the fair.

For more information on the May Fête Parade, click here.

Last Updated April 10, 2017