Parades in Wilton, California

by Clayton Yuetter

Wilton is a small community just outside of Sacramento, California that prides itself on having a big sense of community. It holds several parades in conjunction with celebrations throughout the year, such as the Christmas Parade that is part of the Wilton Winter Festival, or the annual Memorial Day Parade. It also held a Centennial Parade in 2008.

Memorial Day Parade

Every year, citizens of Wilton gather to hold a Memorial Day parade to celebrate those who have served in the armed forces. The parade begins at the American Legion home and goes to the memorials on Forest Street. The procession is typically led by the American Legion Post 10 color guard and rifle squad. A ceremony is held after the parade that includes several guest speakers. Refreshments are served after the ceremony at the legion.

Christmas Parade

In 2009 the town of Wilton began their tradition of the Winter Festival that occurs during the first week of December. The festival is held at Wilton Fire Station, but the culmination of the event is the Christmas parade that marches down the streets, followed by a visit by Santa Claus. Many area groups pitch in to make the festival possible, including local Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and 4-H groups.

Centennial Parade

On Sept. 27, 2008, the town of Wilton held a grand celebration to mark its 100-year anniversary as a community. The Wilton Round-up Parade to honor the milestone started at Dillard Elementary School and finished at the Wilton Fire Department. It started at 11 a.m. and drew large crowds. The fire department also held a chili cook-off and the Wilton History Group held its fourth annual History Day in conjunction with the event.

Placerville Christmas Parade

There are also local parades that occur in towns near Wilton, such as the longstanding Christmas Parade in Placerville. It traditionally begins at 1 p.m. on historic Main Street. The parade starts at the Mountain Democrat parking lot on upper Broadway in Placerville and continues down Main Street, rain or shine. Wilton is also close to Sacramento, which also hosts a variety of parades throughout the year.