The official website of the 2017
Apple Blossom Festival
St. Joseph, Missouri
-o- The third oldest apple blossom festival in the United States -o-
2016 and earlier parade pix
Several Leblond volleyball players gather near their float before the parade..
Apple Blossom Queen Jessica Janorschke.
One of dozens of clowns that paraded that day works the crowd along the staging area. Luckily, the nationwide clown scare hadn't yet begun.
Members of the All-City St. Joseph High School Marching Band prepare to march out from the staging area on Noyes Boulevard.
"Trapped" in one of the several circus-styled cages that were featured among parade floats is this little lion.
A Moila Shriner horse unit trails a long line of the classic Moila parade entries that are a fixture in the Apple Blossom.
These girls are riding on the Best of Parade float entered by Dance Arts.
Apple Blossom Media Coverage
2016 Apple Blossom
2015 Apple Blossom
2014 Apple Blossom
2013 Apple Blossom
Red noses and brightly colored wigs are the order of the day as entrants followed the2016 parade theme, "Under the Big Top."
Welcome to the official website of the 2017 Apple Blossom Festival. This site will provide you everything you need to connect to the Apple Blossom pageant and parade.
Our theme for 2017 is "Miles of Smiles." That's exactly what we hope to see as the Apple Blossom Parade makes its way down Frederick Avenue and through Downtown St. Joseph. And we're anxious to see how parade entries will take the theme and make it their own, with floats and decorated vehicles.
2016 Apple Blossom Grand Marshals
The 2016 state Benton Cardinals girls basketball team were the 2016 Apple Blossom Parade grand marshals. They represented the best of the best in the state. The undefeated Cardinals, led by head coach Brett Goodwin, finished with 31-0, a perfect record for just the second time in program history.
Also honored in the VIP section of the parade were the state champion Central Indian cheerleaders, the 2nd place Lafayette boys basketball team, the 3rd place Lafayette girls softball team and the 3rd place Bishop LeBlond girls volleyball team.
2016 Apple Blossom Royalty
Congratulations to the 2016 Apple Blossom Royalty: Queen Jessica Janorschke, Junior Queen Carissa Martin and Princess Lillian Carter.
Parade Time and Route
The 2016 Apple Blossom will roll out from Noyes Boulevard and Frederick Avenue beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. The route runs west on Frederick to 9th Street, then south one block to Felix Street, and finally west to 5th Street.
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 entry instructions, click on this link to download a Microsoft Word file.
The 2016 Apple Blossom Parade is history. The weather that day was picture perfect. In fact, very soon you'll be able to 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 2016 parade theme was wonderfully represented.
Winners in the 2016 Parade:
Best of Parade -- Dance Arts
First Runner-Up -- Johnson Controls
Second Runner-Up -- St. Joe Figure Skating
Best Band -- Buchanan Highlanders
Best Vehicle -- Restoration Church
Best Theme -- Allison's School of Dance
This float by the St. Joe Figure Skating Club won First Runner-Up, clear testament to the stiff competition for best float in the 2016 parade.
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.
2016 Parade Photos
Photos of the 2016 parade -- including those on this page -- will soon be posted. When they are, you can click the 2016 and earlier parade pix link at upper right to take you to a slideshow. If you find images you'd like to download and print, just click on the "View all" button below the slideshow.
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 2016 Readers' Choice voting, sponsored by the St. Joseph News-Press. In fact, we've won that award 17 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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