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


PRESS RELEASE 04/18/2012
Subject :

2012 May Fête Parade on Saturday, May 5, Commemorates its 90th Anniversary
Contact : Minka van der Zwaag, Community Services    650-463-4930
Cy Ashley Webb    650-463-4953
Palo Alto, CA -- Palo Alto may be home to movers and shakers, but the theme of this year's May Fête Parade is "Palo Alto at Play." Event coordinator Bear Capron grinned impishly, as he explained, "This is the 90th anniversary of the parade, and it's also Cinco de Mayo. This is the perfect time to show everyone that we know how to play and have fun."

As it did in past years, the parade will start at Emerson and University, before proceeding down University.  Leading the parade will be Grand Marshall Robert N. Klein II (Bob). Klein was the author and chair of the successful 2004 stem cell initiative, and served as the head of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine until recently.

“We’re deeply honored that Bob agreed to serve as Grand Marshall,” said Judge Luckey, Managing Director of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, celebrating, its 80th anniversary. 

Floats, marching bands, dance groups, clowns, martial arts studios, and kids from preschool to high school will be strutting their stuff during this year’s event. A flotilla of environmentally-friendly green cars, along with more antique vehicles, will showcase both the past and the future.

One slight difference to this year’s parade route is that it will terminate at Heritage Park, where parade-goers will be greeted with a brand new May Fête Fair that will go until 1 p.m., hosted by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club. Revelers can look forward to fun activities for children, great food, and a performance stage. Families are invited to picnic.

Just across the street from the fair, the Museum of American Heritage will host their Annual Vintage Vehicle and Family Festival, with even more activities until 2:30 p.m.