Green transportation theme of Posy Parade 

San Bruno’s annual Posy Parade is celebrating its 70th year this weekend with a theme of “Green Transportation and our Carbon Footprint.”

The parade — credited with being the oldest nonmotorized parade in America — occurs each year on the first Sunday in June. In its heyday, it drew 20,000 to 30,000, but today attracts about 6,000 spectators. It is still a major event for the  approximately 2,000 children who participate, said Isaac Mejia, president of the San Bruno Lions Club, which sponsors the parade.

“It’s like an old-world Americana, down-home country, little-baseball-team parade,” he said. “Basically we just try to pull the community together.”

The floats start marching at 1 p.m. at Posy Park on San Mateo Avenue and travel to San Bruno Park, where the Lions Club will provide free hot dogs, drinks and candy to children.

Parade participants must be 14 years old or younger and their floats must integrate flowers, real or fake. A panel judges all the floats and hands out awards to the best in nine categories, which range from the best-decorated animal float to the bicycle division.

Mejia said the event is one that helps form a community in San Bruno. He said he started participating at age 15 and, two years ago, his young daughter was crowned the posy princess for the parade.

“The princesses must be between age 4 and 10,” he said. “They have a special float and the runners-up are the princess’ court.”

He said princesses are usually very excited about the honor.

“It’s impressive for a little girl at that age to receive such an accolade,” he said. “It’s embedded in them to want to participate for future generations, so many people in the community have been involved since they were kids. That’s why the parade has been able to survive for 70 years.”

70th annual Posy Parade

Where: Starts at Posy Park, San Bruno
When: 1 p.m. Sunday

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