Line up starts at 9:00 AM
Parade starts at exactly 9:30 AM
The parade is completed before the Bank Raid Re-enactment at 11 AM. Line up is on Division Street between 6th Street and 7th Street (by Econo Foods). The route goes North on Division to 2nd Street (by Archer House) where the ice cream treat will be given out.
This event began in 1961 by the VFW Auxillary Post 4393 (Northfield) to get the kids involved in DJJD. The first parade only had 25 kids take part. Annually, the parade now draws 350.
Any kid (ages range from infant to 12) who is willing to dress up in a costume and have fun in a parade is welcome to participate. Only requirement is that participants wear a costume. ALSO– ***** Please note that parents who wish to push a stroller must be wearing a costume, too!
“Kids” 13+ are welcome to participate by being helpers and banner bearers.
Every participant receives a balloon, a participation ribbon, and an ice cream treat (at the end). Volunteers and clowns will be there to organize and entertain participants before the start of the parade.
Costumes are grouped in 5 main categories:
- Fancy Dress (1 or 2 )
- Fancy Dress groups (3 or more)
- Bikes & Tricycles
- Wagons & Floats
Performing at the end of Kiddie Parade Route at 9:45am (Near KYMN Radio). Besides playing standard venues, Paul Spring also performs family concerts that consist of his more playful folk and funk songs. His family music is interactive, upbeat and covers characters like Sherlock Holmes, Don Quixote, Mermaids and Peter Pan. These songs promote reading and stories among young audiences. He also throws in some old traditional folk tunes for good measure. Paul performs these concerts while bantering with percussionist, Jed Anderson.