Miss CA in paradeEveryone loves a parade!  So each year the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival holds its parade on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at 10 a.m. with floats, bands, equestrians and characters such as Knott’s Berry Farm’s Snoopy.  The festival board generously subsidized local high school bands so they can join in the fun.  Thousands turn out each year to view the parade and cheer Miss Garden Grove and her court, Miss Outstanding Teen and her court, the Senior King and Queen and the Tiny Tots King and Queen as they ride by on their floats.

Many film and TV celebrities and local dignitaries are honored in the parade.  Over the years a special celebrity is selected as Grand Marshal and depending upon the theme, a Theme Grand Marshal is named as well.  Participants are introduced at 8:00 a.m. at the festival breakfast held in the Garden Grove Community Center 11300 Stanford Avenue (Stanford and2012 SF Parade-39Euclid). The breakfast is open to the public and is annually hosted by Casa Garcia with proceeds going to their charity, We Give  Thanks.   After the parade celebrities are treated to a private lunch and then around 1 p.m. most will autograph programs at the Autograph Booth adjacent to the Courtyard Center.

Map of the 2016 parade route. Click here.

Parade participants info & application: Click here.

2016 full schedule of events: Click here.

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Sk8Kings at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival parade Devine in parade rev
Parade route 3 Parade w TV cam
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IMG_5895 Despicable Me2 in parade

2016 Parade Celebrities

Bree Morse
Celebrity Grand Marshal

Derrin Horton
Theme Grand Marshal

Dee Wallace

Forrest Wheeler

Erika Vidro

Johnny Ortiz

Murray Wyatt Rundus

Camryn Grimes

Jae Head

Matthew Moy

Dr. Sammy Lee

Shirley Babashoff

Bruce Furniss

Lance Larson

Cliff Meidl

Angry Bird

Wiley the Wolf