The 90th annual May Fete Parade will be celebrated in Palo Alto Saturday, May 5, with the frivolous theme of "Palo Alto at Play." The parade -- featuring an array of group floats, musicians, martial-arts demonstrations and costumed characters -- will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of University Avenue and Emerson Street.
Paraders will march down University and end at Heritage Park, culminating with a new May Fete Fair that will include children's activities, music and dance performances, food and more. The fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is being sponsored by Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry, Mid Peninsula Orthodontics and Jefunira Camp, and hosted by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto.
"For 90 years Palo Altans have been celebrating the children and youth of our community and the flower-scented season of spring at the annual May Fete Parade; we know how to play and have fun," city officials stated in a press release.
Parade participants include the Palo Alto High School Viking Pep Band, Sparkles the Clown, All Star Kung Fu, Palo Alto Children's Theatre and Grand Marshal Bob Klein, among many others.
Automobile enthusiasts can stop by the Museum of American Heritage (across the street from Heritage Park) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the museum's "Vintage Vehicle and Family Fun Day," which will include children's activities and a showcase of vintage vehicles.
More information about the May Fete Parade is available at www.cityofpaloalto.org/recreation.
The Palo Alto Police Department announced the following road closures for Saturday during the parade. Roads and city parking lots will be closed starting at 7:30 a.m.:
University Avenue will be closed from High Street to Waverley Street, and will re-open around noon.
Waverley Street will be closed from University to Channing Avenue, and will re-open no later than 3 p.m.
Homer Avenue will be closed from Cowper Street to Bryant Street, and will re-open no later than 3 p.m.
Three city parking lots will be closed during the event: Lot "A" (431 Emerson St.), Lot "O" (460 Emerson St.) and Lot "N" (539 Emerson St.).
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What: The May Fete Parade and Fair, the Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival, and open house at the Museum of American Heritage
Where and when: Downtown Palo Alto. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at University Avenue and Emerson Street, then continues down University to end at Heritage Park, 300 Homer Ave. The fair is in the park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the auto show is in the park from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The museum, at 351 Homer Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Admission to all events is free.