The Topeka Easter Parade & Family Fun Fair will be back for the second consecutive year on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Last Year’s event was attended by over a thousand people who made their way to Gage Park to watch the parade, visit the Fun Fair, listen to live music and partake of the other attractions the park has to offer.
Dozens of churches, businesses and non-profit organizations took part in the parade, and dozens more set up vendor booths and kids games in the park as part of the family fun fair. There were lots of floats and all shapes and sizes of other vehicles, as well as walking entries such as schools, military groups, and more. The event is coordinated by the Capital City Christian Chamber of Commerce (C5).
“We had a great response and a great turnout for our first Easter Parade and Family Fun Fair,” said Drew Walker, Parade Coordinator and C5 boardmember.
This year the Fun Fair will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the Parade itself will start at 10:30am. This year, even more churches, non-profit organizations, schools and local businesses are expected to enter floats and marching bands, etc., in the parade, as well as set up booths at the fun fair.
The Family Fun Fair will consist of activities geared toward children and families, as well as booths, exhibits, bands, etc. , including activities such as Easter egg hunts, children’s games, scavenger hunts, facepainting, and similar other activities in and around Big Gage Shelter and the Children’s Party House.
Once again there will be two different Easter Egg hunts, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the Animal Land playground, as dozens of children search for several thousand eggs hidden in the area.
Many of the floats last year had a definite Easter flavor, featuring crosses, empty tombs and Biblical characters, fulfilling the purpose of reminding observers of the true meaning of the holiday.
“When that float came by and I saw those crossesâ€¦and the one in the center draped with the purple cloth — Wow! It just really hit me! I was very moved by it,” one lady told organizers afterward.
Many seemed to echo the thoughts of Jon Packard, who said “Thanks for hosting! Great start to a new annual Topeka event!”
I appears that those wishes are coming true, with an even bigger and better event planned for this year.
While the event is being coordinated by Capital City Christian Chamber of Commerce (C5), other sponsors include:Â NuSound Hearing Center,Â Metro Voice News,Â WIBW,Â Topeka Health & Wellness Magazine,Â Knox Signs & Graphics,Â Solid Rock Sound Machine, WREN Radio, andÂ Kansas Koyotes Football.
For more information, email info@C5Alive.org or call 785-640-6399. Updated details about the 2015 event can be found at www.C5Alive.org, TopekaEasterParade.com or on Facebook at 2015 Topeka Easter Parade & Fun Fair.