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Today: 2012 Kids Day starts with free breakfast

Monday, July 9th, 2012 | Posted by | no responses

The 20th Annual Cotati Kids Day starts this Saturday with a free pancake breakfast, 7-10 a.m., at Church of the Oaks, on the corner of West Sierra Avenue and Page Street.  Festivities continue with a community parade around La Plaza Park at 10 a.m. Following is the free family-centered festival in the park until 3 p.m.

The event theme this year is “Under the Sea.” Parade participants will be judged in a variety of categories and prizes will be awarded. Everyone is encouraged to design costumes, carts, floats, wagons, bikes or strollers to reflect the theme. Mermaids, seahorses, fish and a variety of other sea creatures are expected.

Parade participants line up at 9 a.m. on East School Street. Businesses and clubs are invited to participate by completing a parade application, available at cotatikidsday.org. Individuals may participate by signing up the day of the event. Check in is in front of the Cotati Chamber of Commerce, 216 E. School St.

Immediately after the parade, the festival begins in La Plaza Park. Festival favorite Capt’n Jack Spareribs (recently voted Best Family Fun in the Bay Area) returns to Cotati after a five-year absence. Author Megan McDonald, creator of the Judy Moody Book series, will also perform and be available in the park to sign books and chat.

Fiz-Nik Rick will act as master of ceremonies and ensure non-stop entertainment and exciting games for kids of all ages throughout the day, including jump houses, slides, kid-friendly food and an eclectic mix of vendors, artists and fun.


  • 7-10 a.m. Breakfast, Church of the Oaks
  • 9 a.m.  Parade line-up, East School Street
  • 10 a.m. Parade starts at City Hall, travels east on West Sierra to Old Redwood Highway, turns north and then west into La Plaza Park
  • 10:45 a.m. Welcome by Fiz-Nik Rick and dignitary introductions by Mayor Susan Harvey
  • 11 a.m. Diaper Derby (crawlers only)
  • 11:15 a.m. Sponge Bob Relay Races
  • 11:35 a.m. Parade awards
  • 11:45 a.m. Megan McDonald reads from a Judy Moody adventure
  • 12 p.m. Capt’n Jack Spareribs pirate show
  • 12:45 p.m. Kids w/parents games
  • 1:15 p.m. Dance Journey performance
  • 1:30 p.m. Pie eating contest (two divisions: age 12 and under, 13 and above)
  • 2 p.m. More fun and games

The Cotati Kids Day Parade and Festival is put on entirely by volunteers and funded through donations from local businesses like Oliver’s Market, The Ratto Group, and Peet’s Coffee.

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