The official website of the 2018
Apple Blossom Festival
St. Joseph, Missouri
-o- The third oldest apple blossom festival in the United States -o-
This mini-float deserves recognition as a patriotic tour de force.
Military bearing, spit and polish are evident in this young ROTC cadet.
This young parade participant is traveling in comfort and style — with a sucker to boot.
Colorful seems to be the order of the day, at least with this bowser pulling its owner down Frederick Avenue with the Darcee's dance entry.
Another young miss enjoys her parade moments in this fringed wagon.
Entrants traveled the parade route in all kinds of conveyances, including this hoverboard with the Johnson Controls unit.
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Smiles all around seemed the order of the day at the 2017 parade -- matching the theme "Miles of Smiles." Certainly that's true for these girls and moms with Darcee's Dance Studio.
Parade entries come and parade entries go, but seldom will you see the likes of this unit from the 2017 parade.
Welcome to the official website of the 2018 Apple Blossom Festival. This site will provide you everything you need to connect to the Apple Blossom pageant and parade.
Apple Blossom Pageant
Stephanie Kirk, daughter of Jodalyn and Robert Gadwood, was crowned 2018 Apple Blossom Queen at the Missouri Theater on March 10. Winning the title of Junior Queen was McKenzie Black, daughter of Shea and Yvonne Black. The Princess crown went to Gwendolyn Oswald, daughter of Heather and Jay Oswald.
The three -- along with their attendants -- will ride on floats in the Apple Blossom Parade on May 5.
Congratulations to the winning royalty and to all the young women and girls who competed.
Our theme for 2018 is "Viva St. Joseph: Apple Blossom Parade celebrates Cinco de Mayo." “The theme this year celebrates Cinco de Mayo, which is fitting since the parade falls on May 5, the date on which many in the United States honor Mexican-American culture,” Executive Director Michelle Wolfe said. And we're anxious to see how parade entries will use the theme to guide their decorations of floats and vehicles.
Parade time and route
The 2018 Apple Blossom will roll out from Noyes Boulevard and Frederick Avenue beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.
Staging for the parade: All units form up on Northeast Parkway. To enter the staging area, drive to North Ashland Avenue, at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Northeast Parkway. From there units drive down Northeast Parkway and begin staging, or forming up. The units turn at Corby Pond and come up Northwest Parkway to Ashland and Noyes, then on to Frederick. There is no through traffic around Corby Pond, which is blocked to traffic at both Corby Parkway and 22nd Street on the west.
For expanded information and guidelines on the parade, just click on Parade details/entry form in the upper right of this page.
Parade day instructions
For parade instructions, click on this link to download a Microsoft Word file.
Looking back at 2017
The 2017 Apple Blossom Parade is history. The weather that day was some of the best we've had in years. In fact, check out the photos from that parade to see just how picture perfect the day was. As you look at those photos, we think you'll agree that the 2017 parade had lots of great entries and, of course, miles of smiles.
Left: 2nd Attendant Mercedes Zion, Queen Cassandra Jimenez, 1st Attendant Kristen Tieman • Center: 2nd Attendant McKenzie Black, Junior Queen Grace Feuerbacher, 1st Attendant Hadlyn Snipes • Right: 1st Attendant Hadley Blake, Princess Kendall Weiser, 2nd Attendant Monroe Wertin
2017 Apple Blossom royalty
Queen Cassandra Jimenez
1st Attendant Kristen Tieman
2nd Attendant Mercedes Zion
Junior Queen Grace Feuerbacher
1st Attendant Hadlyn Snipes
2nd Attendant McKenzie Black
Princess Kendall Weiser
1st Attendant Hadley Blake
2nd Attendant Monroe Wertin
2017 parade grand marshal
Grand marshal of the 2017 Apple Blossom Parade was Angie Springs, the executive director of the Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross. Springs has led the local Red Cross chapter since 2013. It is celebrating 100 years of serving the area this year, with a special centennial celebration on May 18. “The Red Cross is such an essential part of the St. Joseph community,” said Apple Blossom President Ken Rosenauer, “and Angie Springs is the public face of the local chapter. So, it certainly seemed timely and appropriate to ask her to lead this year’s parade.”
Winners in the 2017 parade
Best of Parade -- Dance Arts
First Runner-Up -- Mark's Tire
Second Runner-Up -- Collision Repair Specialists
Best Band -- Savannah Marching Savages
Best Vehicle -- 1785 Cuban Restaurant
Best Theme -- St. Francis Baptist Temple
Thanks to all who participated, either with an entry or as a spectator. As usual, the City of St. Joseph was outstanding in its support of the parade -- particularly police officers and public works employees. St. Joseph area media did their usual sterling job. We couldn't have done it without all of you.
The Apple Blossom is St. Joseph's most popular parade. How do we know?
Well, you picked the Apple Blossom as best parade/festival in 2017 Readers' Choice voting, sponsored by the St. Joseph News-Press. In fact, we've won that award 18 years in a row, earning us the Diamond Award several years ago.
Bottom line, this is your award. You're the ones who make the parade what it is -- St. Joseph's own rite of spring. We just come along for the ride. The Apple Blossom staff and volunteers are proud to continue to serve you, the citizens of Greater St. Joseph, and to do all we can to keep this St. Joseph's best and your favorite parade.
Click on links at the right for pages covering both the pageants and parade, entry forms for both, and photos and information about previous Apple Blossom festivals.
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