When I first learned about the Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade, I found it very hard to talk about it with a straight face. I mean, what does a tulip fairy look like and where do you find elves in April? I have been an avid Pearl Street Mall go-er for four years now, but never was I aware of this tremendous event until earlier this year. But now that I know, I cannot stop talking about it.
The Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade happens this Saturday, April 28 at 3p.m. on the 1300 block of Pearl Street. It is a collaboration of bright colors, positive attitudes and a bunch of kids unleashing their goofy and creative sides. The parade is meant to signify the start of the tulip season, as the Tulip Fairy and even a few stilt-walkers welcome the tulips as the tiny fairies and elves parade past. However, this year will be a bit of a belated welcoming as the tulips have been in bloom for awhile now, but the parade goes on! After the official blessing from the Tulip Fairy, the Open Space & Mountain Parks will commence the always exciting Waking the Bear ceremony. I suggest you arrive to the mall early, because this is not only a parade, but there will also be face-painting, coloring, children’s activities, and of course, live music from the energetic duo Jeff Kagan and Paige Doughty.
Unless it’s pouring rain, the Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade will continue as scheduled; and with free parking in the City of Boulder parking garages on Saturdays and Sundays, what excuse do you have not to join in on this tulip jubilation? For more information about the events surrounding the parade or weather updates, click here and stay in the know.