9th Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival

Parade Day is here! Our community will kick off the celebration this Monday, May 28, 2018, starting with the PARADE! We have floats walking and riding through town in honor of this patriotic holiday, celebrating our community and our country.

Returning this year are the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, 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 PARADE starts at 10:30am at Town Hall, 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 9th year in a row and for her first year, we welcome HCSD Superintendent Louann Carlomagno to the Floribunda circle as our parade announcer.

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. This year, we welcome James Chan. Check out his website.


Line up is at Town Hall at 9:30. All float participants will be receiving line up information by Friday of this week. View the parade map (PDF). (Floribunda will be closed starting at 10:15am)

NEW THIS 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 new policy.


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, Shake House, Face Painting and one round at the Dunk Tank (3 balls). Extra rounds are $5 for 3 balls. Instead of prizes this year, participants will vote for their favorite nonprofit with the winning tickets!

STAY FOR LUNCH! 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 ice cream service.


The line up is ready! Come and enjoy the local talent:

The Wind Cries Larry, William Lipton, Charge, Logan and Ellery, Fade Away, Chaimame, CSUS Rock Band, Liam Pierce, Annie Lester, CSUS Rock Club, Chocolate Pudding, Chris Xue, Outter Half, and CMKS

Adopt A Unit Donation Suggested Items 

The town continues to collect items for our adopted military troop that is currently deployed to Afghanistan. West School has organized another Treats for Troops drive! Under the leadership of 5th grader Rohan Dalal, items for the troops are being requested to be dropped off at Crocker Field at the table in the center of the field after the parade. Here is the desired 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 the 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, Wells Fargo Stagecoach, Life Moves (formerly known as Inn Vision Shelter Network), Mills Peninsula Hospital, San Mateo County Medical Center, North, South and West Elementary Schools, North, South and West School Preschools, Hillsborough Police, Central County Fire Department, State of the Art Ambulance, Concours d’Elegance cars, Fabulous vehicles, HBF, HSF, HNN, APG, CASA, Recology, Heavy Equipment, Samaritan House, Hillsborough Girls Chorus, Hillsborough Little League, CCA, Hillsborough School Board Trustees, Hillsborough Town Councilmembers, Former Mayors, Hillsborough Town Staff Members, Restored vintage Police cars, State Senator Jerry Hill, State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin

Schedule of the day

Town Hall:

PARADE starts at 10:30am (lineup starts at 9:30am). The parade ends at North School and festivities will be up at Crocker Field.

At Crocker:

CARNIVAL early start at 10am – 2:30pm 

Memorial Day Ceremony 11:45am - noon 

MUSIC FESTIVAL 12:05pm to 2:30pm 

For questions or comments, please email us.