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The official website of the 2017
Apple Blossom Festival
St. Joseph, Missouri

-o- The third oldest apple blossom festival in the United States -o-

Site guide

2017 Theme and Logo

Pageant details/entry forms

Parade details/entry

2017 and earlier parade pix

Parade history

Previous parade themes

LeblondSeveral Leblond volleyball players gather near their float before the parade..

2016 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.

bandMembers of the All-City St. Joseph High School Marching Band prepare to march out from the staging area on Noyes Boulevard.

child"Trapped" in one of the several circus-styled cages that were featured among parade floats is this little lion.

MoilaA Moila Shriner horse unit trails a long line of the classic Moila parade entries that are a fixture in the Apple Blossom.

dance artsThese girls are riding on the Best of Parade float entered by Dance Arts.

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kid clown
Red noses and brightly colored wigs are the order of the day as entrants followed the 2016 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.

Angie Springs

Parade grand marshal
Grand marshal of the 2017 Apple Blossom Parade is 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.”

Parade theme
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.

2017 Queen 2017 Jr Queen 2017 Princess
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
Congratulations to the winners:

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

Parade Time and Route

The 2017 Apple Blossom will roll out from Noyes Boulevard and Frederick Avenue beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. NEW: The route runs west on Frederick to Francis Street, then west to Sixth Street, south to Felix, and finally west to 4th Street. where the parade disbands.

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.

Looking back
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

Figure skatingThis 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.

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.

Contact us if you are interested in serving on the Apple Blossom Committee or if you have questions not answered on the site. The Apple Blossom phone number is 816.261.0422. Please leave a message. Another option is to email Executive Director Michelle Wolfe or Apple Blossom President Ken Rosenauer by clicking the links at the bottom of this page..

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.

Special thanks to these local businesses that help make the Apple Blossom better:

Email Apple Blossom Executive Director Michelle Wolfe

Email Apple Blossom President and Webmaster Ken Rosenauer


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