The California Rodeo’s annual Kiddie Kapers Parade will take place Sunday, July 16th at 3pm in the Salinas City Center. The parade is presented by Sakata Seeds America and is one of many events that cater to children, but are fun for all ages, during Big Week-the week surrounding the four performances of the California Rodeo Salinas.
The Kiddie Kapers Parade is a 92-year-old traditional event that many generations of families have participated in. No pre-registration is required, and the parade is free for participants and spectators. The theme is ‘Follow Your Dreams.’ Children are encouraged to dress up; they can walk, ride bicycles, scooters, or other wheels (helmets are required), be on a community float and more. Divisions and more details are available at https://www.carodeo.com/events/2023/kiddie-kapers-parade.
The grand marshal this year is ten-year-old Olivia Ingram, a local cancer survivor who was the California Rodeo’s delegate for the Golden Circle of Champions at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December of 2022. Proving herself a fighter, Ingram has undergone three stem cell transplants and six rounds of intensive chemo. She has had multiple brain surgeries that have required her to relearn to walk and talk three times since she was born. This early fight has taught her to never use the word quit. Her passion is teaching her cat Chloe new tricks, doing art projects and she admires architecture, with aspirations of one day being a fine home architect.“The Kiddie Kapers Parade Committee loves putting on an event that brings so much joy to the Salinas community and we can’t wait to see all the participants and spectators on July 16th,” said Mikel Ann Miller, chairman of the committee.
About California Rodeo Salinas
The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 20-23, 2023. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year-round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $530,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to www.CARodeo.com or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CARodeoSalinas or follow us on Instagram or twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.