11th Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival

Parade Day is here! Our community will kick off the celebration Monday, May 25, 2020, starting with the PARADE! We have floats walking and riding through town in honor of this patriotic holiday, celebrating our community and our country.

Click here to download the Parade application form.

Returning this year are the San Mateo Marching Band, the Burlingame High School Band, the Los Trancos Marching Band, our schools, our dignitaries, community services organizations and so much more. See below for larger list.  The Wells Fargo Stagecoach will be on display this year at North School, the horses are taking a break.

The PARADE starts at 10:30am at Town Hall, with the line up beginning at 9:30am. The route goes straight up Floribunda, left on Eucalyptus, finishing at North Hillsborough Elementary School. Larry Raffo is our announcer at North School, for his 10th year in a row and back for her second year we welcome HCSD Superintendent Louann Carlomagno to the Floribunda circle as our parade announcer there!

At Crocker School the CARNIVAL has an early start at 10am. The Observance Ceremony will be right after the end of the parade, at approximately 11:45am. The MUSIC FESTIVAL will begin immediately after that, at 12:00ish.  

As we line up and prepare for the Parade launch there will be music and entertainment. Bagels, donuts, coffee and water will be available for donations.  This year we will also have various flavors of Peet’s coffee’s latest COLD BREW options.

Line up is at Town Hall at 9:30am. All float participants will be receiving line up information by this Friday. To view the parade map, click here. (Floribunda will be closed starting at 10:10am.)

SAME AS LAST YEAR: Due to safety risks, CANDY will no longer be thrown from any moving vehicles. Those walking in the parade are still welcome to pass and toss candy.  Thank you for honoring this policy.  

You and your dog are welcome to walk in the parade! Please join the Hillsborough Hounds at Fairway Circle by 10am, then you will join in the parade at a designated time. There will be a Doggie Den, supervised area, from noon to 1 at the tennis courts for the pooches to play. Feel free to drop your dog off and pick back up in an hour.

Games, crafts, petting zoo, and dunk tank are all part of the fun again this year! The Petting Zoo will include miniature animals, and other treats. Hand stamps will allow for entrance to all attractions.
 $15. per hand stamp, allows access to Crafts and Games, a Pony Ride, Petting Zoo, Face Painting and one round at the Dunk Tank (3 balls).   Extra rounds are $5. for 3 balls. 

Bring your picnic blanket!  Food trucks this year include Speedy Panini, Sam’s Chowder House, Flamin’ Dog, Tacos Peralta and Sajj Street Eats. We will also have the Ice Cream Truck this year.  There will be water and cold brew for sale on the field as well. 

The line up is ready! 

  • More Fatter 
  • William Lipton
  • American Villains
  • Dream Spirit 
  • Hither
  • and more local talent

The town continues to collect items for our adopted military troop that is currently deployed in Afghanistan. 

If you would like to bring donate some goods, please click here for a list of suggested items (PDF).

In addition at Town Hall, donations will be accepted for donuts, bagels and coffee that will be available during Parade line up time.  All money collected goes to cover shipping. Come by the table, enjoy a coffee and a donut and sign the banner with some good wishes for our troops!

Plan to park at the Crocker black top and take the (free) Cable Car Shuttle to Town Hall.   The shuttle will run from 9:00am to 10:00 am with pick up at Crocker School and North School entrances.  Drop off is at Town Hall. The shuttle will start up again after the parade, picking up at North and Crocker entrances and dropping off again at Town Hall.  The shuttle will end at 1:00pm. Parking is NOT allowed on the parade route, see Parade Map above.

Some of our Parade Participants:                   

  • Captain Jackson Schultz
  • Honored Veterans
  • Military Vehicles
  • Girl Scout Troops
  • Boy Scout Troops
  • Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County
  • San Mateo High School Marching Band
  • Burlingame High School Marching Band
  • The Los Trancos Woods Marching Band
  • Life Moves (formerly known as Inn Vision Shelter Network)
  • Mills Peninsula Hospital
  • San Mateo County Medical Center
  • San Mateo Historical Association
  • North, South and West Elementary Schools
  • North, South and West School Preschools
  • Hillsborough Police
  • Central County Fire Department
  • Mills Peninsula Stroke Unit
  • Concours d’Elegance cars
  • Fabulous vehicles
  • HBF
  • HSF
  • HNN
  • APG
  • CASA
  • Recology
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Samaritan House
  • Hillsborough Girls Chorus
  • Hillsborough Little League
  • 2018 Citizen of the Year
  • Hillsborough School Board Trustees
  • Hillsborough Town Councilmembers
  • Former Mayors
  • Hillsborough Town Staff Members
  • Restored vintage Police cars
  • State Senator Jerry Hill

Town Hall- PARADE starts at 10:30am (line up starts at 9:30am). The parade ends at North School and festivities will be on the field.

At Crocker
CARNIVAL early start at 10:00am – 2:30pm
MUSIC FESTIVAL 12:05pm to 2:30pm


  • Aliaga Family
  • Amos Grosser Family
  • Anonymous
  • Scott & Phyllis Bedford
  • Rita Foegal Bell
  • Letty & Jim Callinan
  • Ericson Family
  • John & Georgeann Fannon
  • Joanne Goldstein
  • The Jamie Greene Family 
  • Susie Huetteman
  • Maryellie and Rupert Johnson
  • Elizabeth & Zachary Hulsey
  • Andrew & Lisa Kearns
  • Ron & Ann Malouf
  • Kellie J Meyers
  • Elizabeth Molumphy
  • Lora & Scott Peterson
  • Suzanne Roche
  • The Wagonfeld Family

For questions or comments, please email us.