2023 Parade and Festival

Saturday, April 22, 2023

10 am - 5 pm, Parade at noon

*New this year: the Spring Antique Faire will be held the following weekend on Sunday, April 30

Rain or Shine!

Please keep your furry friends at home ~ this event is extremely crowded could be overwhelming for your animal.

Theme: “There’s No Place Like Home” - Celebrating the Parade’s 40th Ruby Jubilee

Celebrating why Petaluma is the best place on Earth to call home!

The 2023 parade highlights 40 years of tradition in Petaluma and is an opportunity to celebrate our community, our history, and our great sense of fun!  This year we ask you to join in celebrating the Ruby Jubilee Anniversary and the theme “There’s no Place Like Home” which will incorporate artistic visions from the Land of OZ, Ruby Slippers, our amazing Earth (as it’s also EARTH DAY), and what makes Petaluma such a special Hometown.  This year’s parade should inspire and bring smiles to the masses.  It’s our day to shine, celebrate with our community, and show off all of the wonderful qualities Petaluma is known for that makes it the best place on Earth to call home.  The parade will showcase over 100 units with approximately 3,000 participants and 200 volunteers.

The Butter & Egg Days Festival is a feast for the entire family offering a wide variety of festival foods, crafts, arts, two large “kid areas,” and so much more all spread over four city blocks.  The strength of Petaluma’s giving culture is well documented we are excited and honored to celebrate the generosity and compassion of those that make up the very fabric of our community.

Parade entrants will need to incorporate the theme “There's No Place Like Home” into their float design.  The theme gives nonprofits, businesses, organizations, and individuals lots of options for showing off their creativity in their designs.  All parade entries will be judged on how well their entry portrays the Parade theme of “There's No Place Like Home.”

The Butter & Egg Day festivities kick off on April 15th with the Opening Ceremonies at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum (20 Fourth St), from noon to 1 pm.  Mayor Kevin McCDonnell will read a proclamation honoring the Grand Marshal and Good Eggs.  Come see the display of hearts or visuals that show the heart of our community.

One week later on Saturday, April 22nd the Parade steps off at noon and will march through the historic downtown, surrounded by a festival of fun and activities from 10 am to 5 pm.

Clover Sonoma will return to lead the Clover Kids’ Parade, which precedes the main parade at 11:30 am with a procession of preschoolers and primary grade youngsters and their families.