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News - May 4, 2012

May Fete Parade to roll through Palo Alto Saturday

City introduces new 'May Fete Fair' as part of annual celebration

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.

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Posted by workers of the world unite, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

So glad that our kids are remembering this important international day of remembrance.

Posted by liberty, a resident of University South
on May 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

So the parade only goes down 2 blocks of University Ave now?

Posted by Jordan Band Parent, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on May 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

It's very misleading to say that the parade goes down "University Ave" when the majority of the distance is on Waverly Drive. Also, how sad for the residents of Channing House who regularly sit on their patios to enjoy the bands marching by. While change can be good, I'm not sure this was thought through.

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

The Parade is no longer sponsored or organized by the School District or PiE, therefore it is not ending at a school. Since the Rec Department is organizing it, it makes sense for it to end at a park.

Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm

To be more accurate, PAUSD/PiE no longer sponsors the fair. Rec Dept has always sponsored/managed the parade itself.

And I think the PiE didn't realize any positive cash flow recently. The Rec Dept would have to pay rent to PAUSD to use Addison - free to use their own park...

Posted by liberty, a resident of University South
on May 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

They still could have made it go down University to Webster (like it used to), then turn down Homer to Heritage park. That would be the same length as before and would still go by Channing house (sort of).

With the entire parade compressed into 5 blocks, i'm afraid it will be hard to find sidewalk space to watch it.

Posted by S Shinomiya (was Kallenbach), a resident of another community
on May 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Been having a lively conversation on FB among Paly friends who remember May Day dances, the Fete and the May Day Parade. I marched in it from about age 3 as a (very tiny) matador. Cherished memories.

Posted by Palo Alto at Play?, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm

The theme this year is "Palo Alto at Play"? What happened to the great creativity of themes of the past? A great parade deserves a great theme!!!

Posted by Bob, a resident of Community Center
on May 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I hope all the Gunn and Paly teams that won division and state championships are honored with floats or a ride on convertibles. These are our high school young people who deserve a parade.

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