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Strike Up the Band: May Fête Children’s Parade is Coming

Strike Up the Band: May Fête Children’s Parade is Coming

The 96th annual May Fête Parade will take-off from University Avenue and Emerson Street on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. Dating back to the early 1920s, it’s known as the oldest children’s parade in Northern California. This year’s event is expected to have more than 2,000 participants from over 50 clubs and organizations.

The theme this year is “Children of the World”, appropriately named since Neighbors Abroad of Palo Alto will serve as the Grand Marshal. Neighbors Abroad of Palo Alto represents the City of Palo Alto in its relations with seven sister cities around the world. Their mission is to foster a better understanding of the world through student exchanges, cultural enrichment, sustainability and commerce within our sister city family.

Spectators can watch as the parade heads up University Avenue, turning right once it hits Waverly Street, then ending at Heritage Park on Homer Avenue, where the May Fête Fair will be taking place.

The May Fête 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.

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Last Updated: April 10, 2018