Oakland Park Youth Day Parade 2023
Come be a part of an Oakland Park Tradition
The City of Oakland Park invites you to participate in the upcoming Youth Day Parade. On Saturday, March4, 2022, the City of Oakland Park will celebrate Youth Day “Eco Explorers” which will take place at the Wimberly Field Athletic Complex, 4000 N.E. 3 Avenue, Oakland Park, Florida 33334.
Established in 1957, Youth Day is Oakland Park’s longest-running celebration. The event starts at 10 a.m. with a parade from Jaco Pastorius Park to Wimberly Field. The celebration at Wimberly Field will kick off with an awards ceremony for parade floats and future leaders of Oakland Park and will continue from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with carnival rides, live music, and fireworks. Free public parking is available on NE 12th Avenue in downtown Oakland Park. Free shuttle service will operate from City Hall to Wimberly Field from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Eco Explorers” to promote conservation and inspire our youth to be guardians of our planet and its natural resources. This year the parade Grand Marshall is Jon Albee, founder of Urban Farming Institute, for his continued efforts to protect our community and inspire generations of environmental stewards.
There is no entry fee for the parade or celebration event. Wristbands for the carnival rides (this year we have some new rides geared towards older kids) are available for purchase now for $15 (cash only) at the Collins Community Center, the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, and City Hall. Wristbands will also be available for purchase at the event for $20 (cash or credit).
Youth Day started in 1957 as a neighborhood barbeque. The event was sponsored by the volunteer fire department and everyone in town was invited. The following year, Youth Day was sponsored by the Oakland Park Police Recreation League and featured an afternoon parade, followed by a ball game between the rec league and the local police and fire departments. We invite the community to join us to continue this long-standing Oakland Park tradition.
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