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May Fete Parade rolls through downtown Palo Alto

Books take center stage of annual parade down University Avenue

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Books were the binding theme of Palo Alto's 89th annual May Fete Children's Parade, which rolled through downtown Palo Alto Saturday morning (May 7). The parade down University Avenue featured group floats, marching bands, martial-arts demonstrations and scores of costumed kids.

The parade started at the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue and traveled down University, turned right onto Webster Street and ended at Addison Elementary School.

The theme for this year's parade was "Books are Hidden Treasures -- Dig In!" and was chosen to reflect the Developmental Assets program recently adopted by the city to support healthy youth development. Reading for pleasure is one of the featured assets.

The grand marshals of this year's parade were a group of 15 elementary students -- named the "Palo Alto Reading Stars" -- selected by elementary school and Children's Library staff for either their enthusiasm for reading or for their progress in reading skills, according to Minka van der Zwaag, from Palo Alto's Office of Human Services.

"We want to honor those children who have a love of reading or who've made great strides and give them a real boost," she said.

Photos and video by Tyler Hanley/Palo Alto Online.

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Posted by Gaston Olvera
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Great event, our first time there after 6 yrs in Palo Alto.

Anyone knows if the Ferguson kid was finally found? I truly hope so...


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on May 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Yes, heard that PAPD found the boy and he was reunited with his parents.


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Posted by Miriam Palm
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Great coverage of the parade, Tyler! We always enjoy the weeks leading up to it, when the band practices its street marching in our neighborhood. Such a treat.


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Posted by Tyler Hanley
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on May 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

Thanks Miriam. I thought it was a great parade this year. The book theme made for some really colorful costumes.


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