May Fete Parade

Next date: Saturday, May 01, 2021 | 12:00 AM to Saturday, May 08, 2021 | 11:59 PM

We missed May Fete 2020 so much, we decided to make May Fete 2021 a week long celebration!

This years theme is "What a Wonderful World" based off the song written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss- most famously performed by Louis Armstrong. We invite you to join us in decorating your home, porch, front door, or business with something that you think makes our world wonderful for the kids of our community.

The Palo May Fete has only been cancelled twice in its long history – once during WWII and last year due to Covid-19.  The City does not want to see another year go by without resuming this long standing tradition that celebrates our youth and our community.  Although we can’t get together as we have in the past, The City is turning to you, The Palo Alto Community to help celebrate our unity and diversity. 


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, featuring a parade on University Avenue with kids walking their pets, riding their bicycles, pulling their wagons or showing off their homemade floats. 

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 the May Fete Fair (now held at Heritage Park) is organized by the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club.

Visit Palo Alto Historical Association for more historical parade photos!

May Fete Parade General Information & Registration

May Fete Parade Flyer


  • Saturday, May 01, 2021 | 12:00 AM - Saturday, May 08, 2021 | 11:59 PM


The 2021 May Fete will not have a parade, but will have a route throughout the City. A "Reverse Parade" is what we're calling it! A reverse parade is when the displays are stationary and the spectators drive around to view them.

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