News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 12/30/2010
Subject :

Community to Celebrate Palo Alto High School's Volleyball & Football Teams at “Parade of Champions” in Downtown on January 8
Contact : Khashayar "Cash" Alaee, Recreation Supervisor    650-463-4910
Palo Alto, CA – To celebrate the State Titles earned this season by the girls’ volleyball and boys’ football teams at Palo Alto High School, the City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) are hosting a hometown parade in downtown Palo Alto on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at 4:30 PM. The parade will culminate with a rally at King Plaza in front of City Hall where athletes and coaches will be recognized by community leaders. The parade and rally will be held in “Football Weather” (rain or shine). 

According to Palo Alto’s Mayor Pat Burt, “This 'hometown parade’ is a wonderful event for our entire community to cheer on the accomplishments of these winning teams.” 

The Palo Alto Police Department will begin closing the parade corridor at 1 PM. The closure will continue through 5:30 PM. [Visit for a map of road closures for the event.] Parade staging will begin at 3:30 PM, with a 4:30 PM start time at the corner of University Avenue and Webster Street. The parade will travel on University Avenue towards Stanford University and then make a left turn onto Centennial Way, which passes through Ramona Plaza and links University Avenue with Hamilton Avenue, before ending at King Plaza in front of City Hall. 

“It’s great to have an opportunity for everyone to come together for a celebration like this well-deserved parade,” said City Manager James Keene. “We can all share in the excitement and success of our young athletes!”

At King Plaza the celebration will continue with music, video highlights, and a proclamation by the City Council recognizing Girls Volleyball and Boys Football teams for their outstanding achievement. 

“Paly and Gunn regularly win recognition nationally for academic achievement,” added PAUSD School Superintendent Kevin Skelly. “It’s fun to see our girls’ and boys’ teams be at the top of the state in sports too!”

Members of the public are encouraged to gather along University Avenue and proudly wear Paly’s team colors of green and white. The entire Palo Alto community is invited to follow the parade procession, join the festivities to recognize these star athletes at the rally, and extend this event into an evening of camaraderie and celebration in downtown Palo Alto.