Woodside gets ready for May Day Parade


By Kate Daly | Special to the Almanac

On Saturday, May 7, tradition takes over the town of Woodside for the 94th year in a row with the May Day Parade and Carnival and other morning activities that will close down a portion of Woodside Road for stretches of time.

No cars will be allowed on the road when the Woodside Recreation Committee-sponsored Fun Run & Walk starts at the Woodside Library at 8:30 a.m.

Click here to pre-registration for the 2.25-mile family friendly race. You can also register at the Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, an hour before the race.

Meanwhile, next door at the Woodside Village Church, the Woodside-Portola Valley Rotary Club will be serving a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.

The action will then shift across the street to Woodside School where dozens of May Day Parade participants will be lining up to get ready to proceed down Woodside Road to Roberts Market and back.

The parade will begin at 10 led by Grand Marshals Tina Adolph, Taffy Appelbaum, Cathy Stienstra and Amanda Bedolla Fuerte, all members of Woodside School's front office staff. They will be followed by the Kindergarten Royal Court: Prince Alex, Princess Trixia, King Sione, Queen Riley, Princess Meadow, Prince Cassidy, Princess Caitlin, and Prince Conor.

This year the theme is "Once Upon an Enchanted Forest." The pageantry usually lasts an hour or so and involves a colorful assortment of students and parents, local dignitaries, musical acts, floats, and antique vehicles.

Afterward the crowd heads to the school's outdoor amphitheater to watch third-graders perform the maypole dance.

Next the winner of the Woodside Citizen of the Year Award will be announced. The award honors a local resident who is nominated for his or her dedication to the students' education and wellbeing.

The busy day ends with a carnival of games and barbecue staged on the school grounds from noon to 2:30 p.m. The carnival is being put on by event planner Sophie's Stress Free Soirees. Alice's Restaurant is providing the barbecue.

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