The parade will start at Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road, at 10 a.m. Dr. Vicki Coe Mitchell, a longtime Woodside resident and anesthesiologist at Stanford and Sequoia hospitals, will be the grand marshal.
Dr. Mitchell is a prominent member of the Woodside Arts & Culture Committee, according to an event press release. She also founded the Woodside Plein Air Painters and was on the Village Hub Launch Committee. She helped found the Woodside Emergency Preparedness Committee, and active in WPV-Ready and WPV-CERT.
Woodside Elementary School music teachers Beth Dameron and Kara Ireland D'Ambrosio will act as deputy marshals.
This year's Kindergarten Royal Court is composed of Queen Olivia Warren, King John Nouri, princesses Valeria Martinez and Amelia Vargas, and princes Dylan Nash and Will Rotelli. The Royal Court is chosen from the 2022-23 kindergarten class at Woodside Elementary. They will ride in the parade on the 1942 vintage fire truck, "Old White."
After the parade, D'Ambrosio will direct the traditional May Pole dance at the outdoor amphitheatre led by the third grade class, followed by the announcement of the Woodside Citizen of the Year. The award goes to an individual who has contributed consistently to the school community.
A carnival and food trucks will be located at the Woodside Elementary School campus from noon to 3 p.m. There will be five food trucks in its Sellman parking lot, including Daniel's Food Kitchen (tacos and burritos), Redwood Grill (barbecue), Sam's Chowder House, Whisks on Wheels (burgers) and Golden Desserts & Ice Cream.
The Woodside School Parent Teacher Association is hosting and sponsoring the parade and carnival. Sponsoring the fun run are Bucks of Woodside, W.L. Butler Construction, Inc., The Village Doctor, Coldwell Banker: Carrie Davis, Jim Milton and Christienne Hadley, and QW Cooper.
Tickets for unlimited access carnival wristbands can be purchased for $20 at the event, or in advance at the school and online at tinyurl.com/2023mayday.
Fun run tickets are $25 for adults before May 4 and $30 the day of the event. Children 14 and under can participate for $20 before May 4 or $25 the day of the event. Families of four can pay $70 before May 4 or $80 the day of the event. Participants will receive a T-shirt, muffins, fruit and refreshments. Register at woodsidetown.org or download a registration form on the website and mail it to: Woodside Recreation Committee, P.O. Box 620005, Woodside, CA 94062.
As in past years, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department will close Woodside Road at Kings Mountain Road at 8:30 a.m. Since maneuvering through crowds and cars can be difficult, organizers encourage attendees to arrive early.
The celebration returned in 2022 after a two-year break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Email May Day Parade Chairman Lisha Mainz LMainzDC@gmail.com with any questions.
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