All set for today's Woodside's May Day Parade?


The 89th May Day parade through downtown Woodside is set for Saturday, May 7, following a fun run and a pancake breakfast at the Woodside Village Church.

After the parade, there will be a Maypole dance and an announcement of the town's Citizen of the Year award.

Activities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the fun run, which starts at the public library and ends a little more than two circuitous miles later at the Woodside Village Church, where the Rotary Club of Woodside-Portola Valley will hold its breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Woodside Road and Albion Avenue, just west of Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road.

The traditional route is both straight and straightforward: a procession that starts at the elementary school and proceeds east for a quarter of a mile to the corner of Woodside and Canada roads, at which point everyone turns around and conducts another quarter-mile parade back to the school.

The members of the kindergarten Royal Court this year are Hunter Foster as king, Morgan Helfand as queen, Ryan Goldberg and Justin Pretre as princes, and Nina Pasquesi and Catherine Pittman as princesses.

After the parade, everyone is encouraged to adjourn to the outdoor amphitheater behind the school for the third-graders Maypole dance, which will be followed by the ceremony announcing the citizen of the year.

A barbecue, carnival games, and crafts will be ongoing at the school through the early afternoon. Tickets are available at the event or in advance through the elementary school.

Woodside High

The Woodside High School Alumni Association is taking part in the Woodside May Day parade on May 7. Alums interested in walking in the 10 a.m. parade, should meet at 9 a.m. in the Woodside Elementary School parking lot. Look for the orange alumni banner.

After the parade, alums are invited to meet near the Woodside Elementary School's new gym for a social gathering and picnic. Food and drinks may be purchased at the festival.

Email or call 365-9419 to get more information from Becky Preimesberger.


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Posted by Kathleen Cheney
a resident of Woodside School
on Apr 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I was May Day queen in 1950 while in Kindergarten. It is one of the most vivid memories I have of that year. I remember the horse drawn carriage we rode in and the throne in front of the May Pole. I am glad to see that the traditions is being carried on. Thank you for continuing to give beautiful memories to all involved.

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