The theme of the 93rd annual Woodside May Day parade and carnival, set for Saturday, May 2, is "Bohemian Festival."
For those looking for costume ideas, the definition of Bohemian is either "a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer," or someone from the central European region of Bohemia.
The grand marshal of this year's parade should have the leadership skills necessary for leading the procession. It's Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito. Among her charges will be the traditional May Day royalty, chosen at random from Woodside School's kindergarten class.
As is tradition, the day will start at 7:30 a.m. with late registration for the 2.25-mile fun run and walk sponsored by the Woodside Recreation Committee. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the Rotary Club will serve a pancake breakfast at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road. Woodside Road will be closed to through traffic at 8:30 a.m.
Check-in for the parade begins at 9 a.m. at the school, with the parade starting at 10 a.m. Following the parade, third-graders under the direction of Kara D'Ambrosio will perform the traditional May Pole dance in the school's outdoor amphitheater with the presentation of the Woodside Citizen of the Year award following. A carnival and barbecue will run from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Race day entry fees for the fun run are $18 for adults and $12 for children 14 and under. A family of four can register for $45. You can register online for the fun run up to May 1 at the discounted rates of $15 for adults, $10 for children, and $40 for a family.
Register online for the parade or pick up a form in the school office at 3195 Woodside Road.
Kassia Kingsley and Kerri Stenson are the parade chairs.