Mother Goose Parade Day
the Sunday before Thanksgiving (since 1947)
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Since 1947, the Mother Goose Parade has been held in El Cajon, in San Diego County, California, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Started by Thomas Wigton, Jr. and some Cajon businessmen, it was considered to be a gift from the business community to the children of East County.
The Mother Goose Parade not only is the largest parade in San Diego County but the "largest of its type west of the Mississippi." Thousands of volunteers help organize it, and more than 100 parade entries from all over the United States take part. More than 250,000 spectators view the floats, marching bands, equestrians, clowns, celebrities and special guests, helium balloons, Santa Claus, and other entries. There is representation from Mother Goose rhymes and fairy tales, as well as from the year's theme. But the Mother Goose Parade is more than just a one-day event. It also operates a year-round non-profit charity organization and sponsors other events and programs.
How to Observe Mother Goose Parade Day
Attending the Mother Goose Parade is the best way to take part in the day, but if you can't make it to El Cajon, the parade likely can be viewed online on the Mother Goose Parade Facebook page or website. If you want to be more involved with the parade, you could volunteer to help put it on, sponsor it, or even be in it! If you have memories from past parades, you can share them. You could also donate to support the Mother Goose Parade Day organization or partner with them to help with one of their programs.