Mill Valley celebrates Memorial Day with a weekend of events

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MILL VALLEY, Calif. – Mill Valley is here for a good weekend. After two years of virtual parades, the Mill Valley Memorial Parade will take place in person on Monday, May 30, following a weekend of festive events.

Monday will begin with a veterans ceremony, which will start at 9:45 a.m. in Lytton Square. In addition to honoring veterans of past wars, the crowd will hear the winning essays from the K-8 Student Essay Contest “What does Memorial Day mean to me?”

At 10:30 a.m., the famous parade will begin. It will include a Color Guard, a dog march (with trophies awarded for best dog), the Redwood Drum Corps, a veteran tank, and more.

This year, the parade will also focus on the war in Ukraine and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives fighting for freedom around the world. A portion of the proceeds from registration and parade sponsorship will go to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

Parry apps can be found here. Each year over 60 entries are recorded and trophies are awarded for Best Car, Best Float, Best Dog, Best Music, Best Novelty, Best Company, Best Community Spirit and Best Ensemble.

Monday will also see the return of the Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association pancake breakfast, which raises about $10,000 to $15,000 a year for Mill Valley’s arson program. It will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Corte Madera pedestrian avenue in front of the town hall and outside the fire station, and will offer pancakes, eggs, sausages, juice and coffee. Event organizers said they were setting up more tables to allow for proper social distancing in light of rising COVID-19 cases.

From Friday May 27 to Monday May 30, the Kid! Carnival will offer rides, food and games in front of Mill Valley Middle School. Advance coupons are $30 and can be turned in at the carnival for a ticket booklet or a one-day wristband for unlimited rides. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Carnival Office in the back parking lot of Mill Valley Middle School at 409 Sycamore Avenue at the yellow gate Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Friday, May 27 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vouchers will also be sold at the Mill Valley Community Center on Thursday, May 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, May 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wristbands are $40 once the carnival begins.

Proceeds go to Kiddo! Endowment for arts and arts programming in Mill Valley K-8 schools.

On Sunday, the Mill Valley Historical Society is sponsoring a “Step into history“guided tour following the Mount Tam and Muir Woods Scenic Railway route to the trailhead at the north end of Blithedale Canyon. The walk is designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of old engine # 9, an event that had to be rescheduled in 2020 and 2021. Tickets are $15 for MVHS members and $20 for non-members. here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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