Kiddie Capers Parade

A Canby Kiwanis Tradition Since 1948 – and “The Place to Be in 2023!”

Use these forms to print and bring with you to registration. Large groups are encouraged to obtain parent signatures before the morning of the event:

English            Spanish                 Parade Route (TO BE POSTED SOON)

WE LOVE A PARADE!  The Canby Kiwanis Kiddie Capers Parade has been the traditional kickoff for the Clackamas County Fair since 1948. Kids from all over Clackamas County are invited to lead the way to the grand opening of the 2022 fair.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. on August 15, 2023. Judging begins at 9 a.m. and entrants who want to be eligible for ribbons and prizes should be in place in their categories from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., when the Color Guard leads the way through town to the fairgrounds.

It’s free to enter the parade! Registration is required in order to participate. A parent or guardian must sign the registration form. You can print the form ahead of time and fill it out (links above), or get a form the morning of registration. Larger groups are encouraged to complete a group form with all parent signatures ahead of time.

Every child up to age 18 receives a participation ribbon, and is eligible for awards based on their entry category. First, second, and third place entries in individual categories receive a prize ribbon and a small cash award. Group entries such as marching units and floats are eligible for a prize ribbon.

Children 7 to 18 and accompanying parents who are in the parade receive a ticket for free admission to the fair until we run out. Those tickets are good for admission until 1 p.m. on August 15.

Free Bike Decorating – Monday from 4-6 p.m.

If you’d like, decorate your bike for free at William Knight Elementary in the covered area on Monday, August 14, from 4-6 p.m., the afternoon before the parade! We’ll have lots of flowers, streamers, and fun one-of-a-kind items! Then, you can leave your bike at the school overnight, where it will be safely stored. Just pick it up Tuesday morning starting at 8 a.m. when you register for the parade.

Or Join the Band – the Kiwanis Kiddie Capers Band! New this year

If you don’t want to ride a bike, come to the bike decorating anyway, Monday from 4 to 6 p.m., and make a musical instrument to play in the parade. We’ll have supplies to make maracas, drums, shakers, and tambourines for a new entry in the parade — the Kiwanis Kidde Capers Band! This group will be encouraged to make a lot of noise – and have a lot of fun – as they march through town to the fairgrounds.

Entry Categories:

Help make this parade fun and festive! Dress in costume, decorate your bike or wagon or dog, and carry on this sweet, small-town tradition! We look favorably on use of the fair theme in every category during judging. The theme for 2023 is “THE PLACE TO BEE IN 2023!”

Costumed walkers: Fair-themed

Costumed walkers: Not fair-themed

Decorated bikes: Fair-themed (MUST WEAR HELMET)

Decorated bikes: Not fair-themed (MUST WEAR HELMET)

Decorated wheeled entries: Fair-themed  (Wagons, strollers, trikes, etc.)

Decorated wheeled entries: Not fair-themed  (Wagons, strollers, trikes, etc.)

Decorated floats & vehicles: Community organizations, preschools, neighborhood groups, etc.

Music groups

Marching groups: Dancing, acrobatic, scouts, etc.

Animals (including horses): Must be haltered, harnessed or leashed

THE RULES (You knew there would be some!)

PLEASE READ THE FULL RULES ON THE ENTRY FORM (links above). To ensure safety for the children, the Kiwanis Club has a short list of rules for entrants.

All children riding a bicycle, tricycle, skateboard, scooter, unicycle or anything on wheels must wear a helmet.

NO Go-karts, motorbikes, lawnmowers, water guns, or water balloons.

NO THROWING OF CANDY  – IT MUST BE HANDED OUT BY WALKERS. Floats should plan to have walkers alongside the float for this purpose.

NO CAMPAIGNING!! Current officeholders in Clackamas County are welcome to participate as representatives of their office but absolutely may not hand out campaign materials, wear campaign gear, post campaign signs, or seek votes in any way.

Kiwanis Club of Canby reserves the right to reject any entrant it deems dangerous or in poor taste. Please join us in making this event be all about kids, by kids, and for kids.

For more information, use the link to the registration forms and check here or on the Canby Kiwanis Club Facebook page for updates.