Calling all kids! We are excited to announce the May Fete Children’s Parade will return in 2022 for its 98th year!
The 2022 May Fete parade will be held Saturday, May 7th at 10:00AM along University Avenue in Downtown Palo Alto. Gather your family or friends and show off your float making skills and take-home big prizes! No group? No problem! Walk with the City of Palo Alto’s Friends, Family and Pets category – we’d love to have you!
We are also looking for Teen Volunteers to help with day-of-tasks for the Parade. If you are interested or know anybody that is, please fill out our Teen Volunteer Application.
For more information, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/mayfete or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Announcers will be stationed University & Florence as well as Waverly & Hamilton.
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!
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Last updated on June 16, 2022