May Fete Parade

Calling all kids! We are excited to announce the May Fete Children’s Parade will return in 2022 for its 98th year!

2022 May Fete Parade poster featuring theme of what emPOWERS you  


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 or email

Float Contest - Sponsored by Palo Alto Recreation Foundation

  • Individuals, schools and youth groups, come show off your creativity by entering a float in the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation Float Contest!
  • Judging will occur during parade; judging criteria includes creative tie-ins to the parade theme and amount of youth participation involved.
  • This year’s theme is “What emPowers you?”.
  • Create a non-commercial float to be eligible to win a 1st place prize of $500, a 2nd place prize of $250, or a 3rd place prize of $125.

May Fete Fair - Hosted by Kiwanis of Palo Alto

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May Fete Scavenger Hunt


Parade Route

*Announcers will be stationed University & Florence as well as Waverly & Hamilton.

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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!




  • Saturday, May 07, 2022 | 10:00 AM


University Avenue

Palo Alto, CA