Petaluma Butter and Eggs Parade and Festival
April 24, 2010 (and Apr. 25
The 29th Annual Petaluma Butter & Egg Day
Parade & Celebration
Saturday April 24, 2010
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade
& Celebration attracts more than 30,000 people to downtown Petaluma.
With a fire fighters' cow pie throwing contest, cutest little chick
in town contest and big parade with the butter and eggs theme, this
is one of the unique events that Petaluma is known for. Location:
Historic Downtown Petaluma, CA. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: (707)
762-9348. petalumadowntown.com / sresproductions.com
People crack up when visiting
Petaluma's Butter and Eggs Parade. There's no need to walk on eggshells
around this town where there once was a huge
painted chicken by the side of the road alerting you that you had arrived in
Petaluma. If wrist-wrestling world championships and the Santa
Rosa County Fair's
"World's Uggliest Dog Contest" aren't enough to make you
smile, you really should visit Petaluma during the annual Butter and Eggs Parade
and Festival held each spring in April. Throughout the years the
festival has enjoyed unique events and promotions such as cooking of
the world's largest omelet, egg toss and all things eggs.
Petaluma’s Butter & Eggs Parade and Celebration is about 25 years
old. It pays homage to the agricultural history as the
birthplace of the incubator, which was the beginning of Petaluma’s
“Egg Basket To The World” title, and as one of the premier dairy
regions in the country. It does this by throwing a huge egg
bash--The Butter & Egg Days Parade and Celebration, which draws over
25,000 attendees. The community parade showcases Petaluma with
a 100-unit parade, floats, drill teams, novelty units, equestrian
units, marching bands, and much more.
Activities before, during and after the parade include a block-long
outdoor food court offering festival foods and beverages, arts and
crafts exhibitors and activities to entertain youngsters with
inflatable bounce houses, rides, and hands-on activities. This is
one of the North Bay’s largest events.
Petaluma became known for its poultry
industry, and a unique Jewish population that was philosophically
attracted to farming lifestyle options afforded out in the once
rural area an hour's drive from San Francisco.
We had to search to find out how
Petaluma got this event and seeming fascination with eggs and
butter. The answer stems from the Gold Rush and the need for food.
At one time up to 600 million eggs were shipped out of Petaluma to
nearby San Francisco, and around the world annually. With
temperatures that seldom dip below freezing, poultry farming offered
a cost-effective business that could operate year-round. The Egg
Basket of the World, as Petaluma was once called, is remembered and
honored not only in the annual parade and festival, but in the
Petaluma Museum where a Poultry Exhibit traces the region's unique
and honored role.
When I visited the region before
it experienced its transformation into a modern day destination, the
egg industry was waning, and people discovered extremely affordable
housing. The smell of chickens at egg farms was pervasive, and
required getting used to, but those attracted to the small town
charms and rural setting saw something else--a city ready to
transform. Today, Petaluma enjoys both an Historic Downtown, close
proximity to San Francisco and Sonoma wine country, making it a
highly desirable place to live and work.
Where to stay: When visiting
Petaluma, there are limited options in hotels. We prefer the
Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma though many like the
Best Western. Since there are only a few hotels available, you
may want to check out Rohnert Park hotels 12 miles away or some fine
hotels 17 miles distance in Santa Rosa. One of our
Beachcalifornia.com favorites in Santa Rosa is the
Hilton Sonoma Wine Country. Nectar Restaurant features
award-winning cuisine and an excellent wine list featuring boutique
wines from the local Sonoma County and Napa wineries.
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