Children’s Fiesta Parade, Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Children’s Fiesta Parade will be celebrating its 88th year in 2018. A favorite event during the week-long Old Spanish Days Fiesta Celebration, the parade is organized by the Parks and Recreation Department and serves more than 2,500 children and their families each August. Each year, more than 40,000 spectators line the parade route to view the parade.
Families entering for the first time are joined by families who are 10th or more generation parade participants. An entry can be one family of three, a family of siblings and all the cousins, an entire neighborhood or special clubs/groups. At the parade’s conclusion, all participants receive free ice cream. A must see!
There is no cost to participate. Contact the Children's Fiesta Parade Headquarters at (805) 564-5418 to have an application sent to you, click here for an application and instructions or stop by the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, 620 Laguna Street, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm to pick up one (closed every other Friday). Applications for 2018 will be available in May 2018. Application deadline: Friday, July 6, 2018.
The public is invited to view this delightful parade starting at 10am. The Parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria to Ortega Streets.
The Children’s Fiesta Parade is funded by a generous grant from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation; the ice cream is provided by MarBorg Industries. Photos of previous years' parades are available online on the Parks and Recreation Department's Flickr stream.