Local school bands, kids on bikes, pets in costume, Palo Alto officials and parade entrants, including electric cars designed and built by students from Jane Lathrop Stanford, Jordan and Terman middle schools, will take over University Avenue and surrounding streets during the 94th annual May Fête Children's Parade on Saturday, May 7.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. This year's theme is "Happy Healthy Habits" an extension of the City Council's "Healthy Cities, Healthy Community" initiative, which was adopted in October 2015.
And in keeping with this year's theme, there will be activities, events and programs to engage the community and promote positive mental and physical healthy habits, according to the city.
This year's grand marshal is Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE), a community organization that provides support and enrichment opportunities to enable students to have the best education possible.
Some downtown streets will be closed on Saturday morning in preparation for the parade. Beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting until noon, University will be closed between High Street to Webster Street; and Webster Street will be closed between University and Homer, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.
Roads will re-open as the parade passes, but there will also be road closures in the area of Heritage Park, at 300 Homer Ave., until about 3 p.m., for the fair, according to police.
The fair, organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, will feature children's activities, food and performances from local groups.
For more information, visit cityofpaloalto.org.
See photos from last year's parade here
To view a social media collection of photos from last year's event, visit the Weekly's Storify page