Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13th!

That’s when Grace Preschool will be marching in the annual Walnut Festival Twilight Parade, which runs along Main Street through downtown Walnut Creek (from Mt. Diablo Boulevard to Civic Drive). This is our first big event of the school year, and it is always a lot of fun! All family members are welcome to participate as we march down Main Street together, displaying our school spirit and civic pride.

The parade route itself is very walkable (about six blocks long), though you will likely want to bring strollers or wagons for your littler ones — and even scooters for your bigger ones! In fact, we highly encourage it — and if you’d like to decorate those wagons in support of this year’s theme (“The Walnut Festival Celebrates the Walnut Creek Centennial”), so much the better. Indeed, we will have a decorating party at the school on Friday, September 12th, from 5-7 p.m. on the playground, if you’re looking for ideas or just some fun company!

The parade itself begins at 6 p.m. on September 13th. We usually gather as a group around 5:45 at our assigned starting point. This year we are Group 33, and we will meet on Olympic Boulevard at the corner of South Main Street. We will be staging by the Talbot’s, on the Olympic Blvd side. We encourage everyone to wear their school t-shirts or even come in costume to celebrate the joy of “learning through play” in beautiful Walnut Creek! Hope to see you there!