Everyone 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 cartoon characters. 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 andEuclid). The breakfast is open to the public, costs $9, 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 at 12:30 p.m. most celebrities will autograph programs at the Autograph Booth adjacent to the Courtyard Center.