Pacific Grove Butterfly Celebration 2017

Pacific Grove’s annual Butterfly Parade, a tradition that goes back almost three-quarters of a century, is held on the first Saturday of every October. The Butterfly Parade, as well as the Butterfly Bazaar that follows, celebrates the return of the Monarch butterfly to Pacific Grove, the beautiful insects’ annual wintering stop. This parade, which first took place in 1939, attracts people from both near and far to view the adorable children in their cute costumes. Traditionally, kindergarten children dress as butterflies, second graders dress as otters, third graders dress as Native Americans, fourth graders dress as pioneers, and fifth graders dress as clowns. A Butterfly Bazaar will follow after the parade.

Saturday is only half of a weekend that celebrates Pacific Grove’s charm and history. On Sunday some of the most interesting historic homes and public buildings in Pacific Grove will open their doors for the annual Pacific Grove Historic Home Tour.