Earth Day Parade


What is it?
The parade is the celebration of life on earth and to demonstrate a commitment to a clean, healthy environment. The Parade is a kick-off for California Earth Day Jam, Earth Day celebration in North County San Diego.  
When is it?

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Line up 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Parade begins at 10:00 am
Total marching time: about 30 minutes

Where is it?

In Grape Day Park, the parade proceeds from the City Hall, west to the California Arts, south past the Veterans Memorial, ending at the Children's Area (parade follows the red line of this exhibitor map).

Who can participate?

Any group with at least three children under the age of 18. Past parades have included: scouts, schools, churches, museums, sports groups… anyone interested in preserving the Earth. We also invite bands, clowns and animals to participate.

    Participants are invited to present their favorite earth-friendly messages, to dress up as endangered species, and in general share their commitment to a clean, healthy future.

How to be in the Parade

1.     Decide on a theme, activity, or project. Discuss with friends, teachers, coaches, etc.

2.    Register for the Parade using our on-line registration system; registration begins on March 21. Go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , sign up as an associate, and fill out the on-line registration form.

3.    On April 23, arrive at the staging area on City Hall fountain, off Broadway. A representative from each participating group should check in at the registration table by 9:00 am

4.    March in the Parade. Enjoy the Children's Area activities. Check out the exhibits, food and fun at the California Earth Day Jam.

Day-of Registration

Groups may join the parade without prior registration if they register on parade day at the registration table. Last minute groups are welcome to participate but will be placed at the end of the parade and will not be included in the parade announcements.

Parade Logistics

Staging Area

The parade will be staged on City Hall fountain, Broadway Blvd., Park in the lots off YMCA. Check in at the Registration Table; volunteers will show you where to set up for the parade.

Arrival Time

Traffic around the park will start to get very busy around 9:00 am, and the parking lots will fill. A representative from each participating group must check in at the registration table by 9:00 am. Your group must be ready to march by 9:50 am.

Special Displays

If you have floats, vehicles or other special equipment that will be in the parade, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parade Waiver

Each parade participant must complete a Waiver, and give it to The Kids of America prior to the parade. You can download a copy from the webpage. You can email or mail us a completed Waiver, or bring it along and hand it in at the registration table at EarthFair.

Don't Forget…

Sun block, water for kids and animals, bags to carry personal belongings, sanitary aids for animals, strollers, wagons and carts for kids' projects, floats, etc.

For more information…

Email San Diego EarthWorks at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the The Kids of America office at: 866-991-3747.

Parade Ideas

    This year’s is the first year in North County for a Earth Day Parade theme is “Be Green.” Use your entry to express how you can help "Be Green" the Earth, whether your own backyard, your favorite beach, canyon, or the nature of your home or school.

    The following are ideas you may want to consider as a focus for your own parade team:

Endangered Animals

Ocean Life

Indigenous Traditions


Habitat Restoration




Desert Life




“Mother Nature”

Recycle/Reduce Waste

Taking Care of Earth and Ourselves