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May Fete Parade Marches to an Historic Beat

May Fete Parade Marches to an Historic Beat

Bring your family and friends to the 97th annual May Fete Parade and Fair on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 10 a.m. in downtown Palo Alto. This year’s theme is "Happy 125th Birthday Palo Alto!" as the City celebrates its sesquicentennial year.

The annual event will feature a parade on University Avenue with kids walking their pets, riding their bicycles, pulling their wagons or showing off their homemade floats.

Palo Alto's Childrens' May Festival dates back to the early 1920's when the Community Center Commission first sponsored it as a City event. The festival grew into one of the major events in Palo Alto each year. Annually there was a May Queen and King along with scouts, marching bands and various groups. A maypole dance and pageant were held at the parade's end either at Addison or Lytton School.

In more recent years, the parade has evolved to feature more organized youth groups and there is a May Fete Fair held at Heritage Park that is organized by the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club.

The parade route starts at the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue. From University Avenue, the parade will turn right into Waverley Street and end at Heritage Park.

For more information on the May Fete Parade click here.

Last Updated: April 12, 2019