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Kiddie Kapers Parade set with Heroic Theme

This Family Event takes place Saturday July 11th

The California Rodeo Salinas’ Kiddie Kapers Parade, presented by The Salinas Californian, is in its 85th 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. Nina Harmer, the winner of the Monterey County Spelling Bee, will act as Grand Marshall of the parade and she 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 11th 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.

The theme for the 2015 Kiddie Kapers Parade is “Every Child is a Superhero” which goes perfectly with the California Rodeo’s “Our Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” ad campaign. Children are encouraged to be creative and express themselves with their costumes and adults walking with their children are also encouraged to get into the spirit of the theme and dress up as well.

There are 7 divisions in the parade:

1) Playground Floats - floats by Salinas' playgrounds & parks organized by the Salinas Recreation & Parks division.

         2) Cowboys & Cowgirls-kids in western dress. The best dressed cowboy and cowgirl ride in          the official cars at the front of the parade. 

3) Strollers & Wagons - costumed kids & small decorated strollers & wagons.

4) Community groups - community groups/neighbors in common uniforms/costumes.

5) Costumed Kids & Pets - small animals in costumes and their masters-in-costume.

6) Dance & Drill Teams - organized baton, dance and marching units.

7) Rolling Riders - costumed kids on decorated bicycles. 

  **Children on bikes or skates must wear helmets**

Judging is done by community members and graduates of the Leadership Salinas Valley program. There is a first place award in each category with cash prizes. Each child gets a ribbon, $1 bill and coupons from local merchants.

To learn more about the Kiddie Kapers Parade and other Big Week events, please visit www.carodeo.com. Call 831-775-3100 or email kiddiekapersparade@gmail.com for additional information.

About the California Rodeo

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 16-19, 2015. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns between $200,000 and $300,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to www.CARodeo.com or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. 'Like' the California Rodeo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CARodeoSalinas or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.

Kiddie Kapers Parade set with Heroic Theme

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