In addition to it’s costal beauty, Pacific Grovians host several festivities throughout the year. The “Good Old Days” Parade (held each April) features arts, crafts, entertainment, vendor booths and classic cars from all over the Peninsula. A few months later (each July), the entire city is lit up to celebrate the “Feast of Lanterns”, a 100 year old tradition in which the Legend of Blue Willow is told among hundreds of onlookers at Lover’s Point Beach. Much like the “Good Old Days” Parade, it features arts, crafts, vendor booths and entertainment, with much more added excitement. A royal court (chosen annually by Pacific Grovians) is introduced before the Legend is acted out on a pier in the sea. The play features a fire breathing dragon swimming toward the shore and is followed by a large finale full of music, dancing and fireworks. Later in the year (every October), local school children pay tribute to the Monarch butterfly’s arrival to the central coast as they celebrate the “Butterfly Parade” which includes a school-aged bazaar as well. These festivals are just a few of the family-oriented events that enrich the city’s charm.
One trip to this costal gem and you will realize why Pacific Grove is truly “America’s last hometown”.
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