The theme for the 2016 Kiddie Kapers Parade is #SaddleUp2016.
The California Rodeo Salinas’ Kiddie Kapers Parade, presented by The Salinas Californian, is in its 86th year; this annual parade filled with children, floats and more is always a crowd favorite. Thousands of people line the streets of Old Town Salinas to watch over 1,200 children ride on floats, bikes, in wagons and more as a kick off to Big Week and the California Rodeo Salinas. The 2016 Grand Marshals for the Kiddie Kapers Parade are Briella Milla-Leon, a youngster who has appeared on the Ellen Show and Jake Reisdorf, the 14 year old founder of the Carmel Honey Company who won the Start Up Challenge this year at California State University, Monterey Bay and they along with the Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl will each receive a belt buckle donated by Sandy Shaffer.
The parade will take place on Saturday July 16th at 6:30pm, starting and ending at the Salinas Recreation Center at 320 Lincoln Avenue, winding its way to Main Street via Clay Street. Judging starts at 5:30pm and there is NO PRE-REGISTRATION required for this free parade.
The Colmo del Rodeo Parade will follow the Kiddie Kapers Parade and start at 8pm. To watch both parades, find a spot to sit on Main Street between Clay Street and Central Avenue.