Hundreds gathered on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto and surrounding blocks on Saturday, May 2, for the 93rd annual City of Palo Alto May Fete Children's Parade.
This year's theme was "No Space to Alienate" -- a play on outer space and a call for kids to be themselves and welcome the uniqueness of others, according to parade organizers.
The grand marshall of the parade was Magaly Gonzalez Sipperley, a propulsion engineer at Space Systems Loral (SSL) in Palo Alto, which builds commercial satellites for companies like DIRECTV and Google's Skybox Imaging.
Mayor Karen Holman escorted Palo Alto Perry, a 3-foot-tall stuffed donkey and the city's newest ambassador, down University Avenue in the parade. The mascot is part of a new two-month social-media campaign in which people throughout the city will "host" Perry, taking pictures of him at neighborhood landmarks and leaving notes in his saddlebag detailing what they love about the city.
In addition to the classic categories of paraders -- kids with wheels, kids with flags, kids with pets -- the city's high school robotics teams also participated in the parade, as well as anti-bullying groups such as Gunn High School's "Not In Our Schools."
To view a social media collection of photos from the event, visit the Weekly's Storify page.