The Butter & Egg Days Parade begins at noon on Saturday, April 27 in downtown Petaluma, but the all-day fun is planned.
Those attending the parade should be aware the many street closures are planned around the downtown area. In an effort to help reduce the traffic and make the day more pleasant for parade-goers, Petaluma Transit is showing its support for the Butter & Egg Days Parade by providing free bus rides all day for everyone. Bus Route 11, which typically runs east and west on East Washington and circles through town with stops at Liberty Street and Western Avenue (in front of Petaluma Market) and Fourth and C streets (in front of the Petaluma Mail Depot) will temporarily bypass downtown and stop instead at the Copeland Transit Mall on Copeland Street between E. Washington Street and D Street until all parade activities are all over.
The parade day schedule of events is as follows:
The Butter & Egg Days Parade festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown with artists, jewelers, local restaurants, food vendors, local businesses, beer gardens (open at 11 a.m.), non profits, two kids' areas and more.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Info Booth on the corner of Western and Petaluma Boulevard North., parade-goers can spin the Dizzy Egg Wheel for a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. The cost is $1 a spin and. All proceeds benefit the parade.
At 10 a.m., in front of McNear's (23 Petaluma Blvd. N.), don't miss the fun and athleticism of the Cow Chip Tossing Contest.
At 10:15 a.m., Petaluma Egg Farm's Cutest Little Chick Contest begins on Kentucky Street by Copperfield's Books (140 Kentucky St.). Cute feathered kiddies will compete for the 2013 title of the Cutest Little Chick. All participants can ride in their float and prizes will be awarded for the winners. To enter, call the Petaluma Egg Farm at (707) 763-0921.
At 11:15 a.m., the Nave Patrola will kick off the Parade and head down Fourth Street at D Street with their usual hilarious hi-jinks.
At 11:30 a.m., the Clover Kid's Parade will step off at Fourth and D streets, the little ones will parade along Fourth for a couple blocks and then disband at the A Street Parking Lot Kids Area.
At noon, the main parade will step off at Fourth and D streets. Watch more than 110 units march down Fourth and Kentucky streets, turn right onto Washington Street, then right onto Petaluma Boulevard. They'll disband at Petaluma Boulevard South and D Street.Everything from floats, live music, marching bands, equestrian groups, dance groups, cows, local businesses & organizations and costumed groups will be part of the parade.
At 3 p.m., meet in front of The Petaluma Museum, 20 Fourth St. for the Parade Awards Ceremony, where the outstanding entry in each category will be announced and awarded for their creativity.
For more information on the day's events, call the Petaluma Downtown Association at 763-0344 or visit www.petalumadowntown.com.