Monterey Park's Birthday Celebration

Monterey Park Play Days carnival, parade, food, games and entertainment. May 9-12, 2019

Thursday-Sunday, May 9-12, 2019, Barnes Park


Celebrate Monterey Park's 103rd birthday and our recognition as one of America's best places to live and raise a family at the annual birthday carnival and parade.

Enter the 2019 Poster Contest


Monterey Park students K-8 are invited to create and submit a poster for the celebration. Deadline to enter is April 19, 2019. Download the application (PDF).
  

Birthday Celebration Parade


Fun for the entire family with local high school bands, dance groups, community organizations, businesses and VIPs. 

  • Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.
  • New route for 2019: Parade will start at Ramona/Newmark and proceed north to Garvey Ave., West to Chandler Ave., south to Newmark Ave. and East to McPherrin Ave. Parade ends at Barnes Park at the carnival. New route map (JPG).
  • FREE parade entry for bands, drill teams, JROTC, service clubs, local community organizations, novelty and more. Click here for downloadable parade application.

Parade Grand Marshal


The City of Monterey Park welcomes East LA College student athlete Antoinette "Toni" Harris (@_Antoinetteeeeeas a Grand Marshal of the 2019 parade. Ms. Harris is recognized as the first and only female football player to play a non specialist position and be offered a full scholarship on a college football roster.

Community Grand Marshal


The City of Monterey Park welcomes Senate Senator, Susan Rubio representing the 22nd Senate District  as the Community Grand Marshal of the 2019 parade.

Honorary Grand Marshal


The City of Monterey Park is proud to have, Theresa Amador, a dedicated resident since 1966 that has been involved in many service organizations, volunteer committees, and continues to serve her community as a Planning Commissioner and a Monterey Park Library Foundation Board Member.

Birthday Celebration Carnival
Four days of thrilling rides and live entertainment at Barnes Park. 

The schedule of events for Monterey Park’s Birthday Celebration go as follows:

Thursday, May 9

Carnival – 5:00-10:00 p.m. ($2 ride night)

Stage

5:00-8:00 p.m. - Performances by local groups

5:30-7:30 p.m. - KIIS FM

Friday, May 10

Carnival – 5:00-11:00 p.m. ($25 - All you can ride wristband until 10:00 p.m.)

Food Trucks – 5:00-11:00 p.m.

  • Cousins Maine Lobster 
  • Pinch of Flavor
  • Kogi BBQ
  • Phantom Food Truck
  • Fluff Ice
  • Blast Ice Cream

Stage

6:00-9:00 p.m. - Performances by local groups

Saturday, May 11

Parade – 11:00 a.m. - NEW Route (see map)

Free popsicles for kids along parade route, while supplies last* 
*Popsicles sponsored by San Gabriel Valley Entreprenur Lions Club  

Carnival – 12:00-11:00 p.m. ($30 - All you can ride wristband until 10:00 p.m.)

Food Trucks – 12:00-11:00 p.m.

  • LA LA Lasagna
  • Pinch of Flavor
  • Phantom Food Truck
  • Fluff Ice
  • Spyros Gyros
  • Swami's Sandwiches

Stage

2:00 p.m.- Parade Awards Ceremony
4:00-6:00 p.m. -  MY FM
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Free Concert featuring Cold Duck

Sunday, May 12

Carnival – 1:00-10:00 p.m. ($30 - All you can ride wristband until 10:00 p.m.)

Stage - Electric Sundays 

1:00- 3:00 p.m. – DJ $herlock and Friends
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. – Adult Karate
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Free Concert featuring Danny So with special guest Cici Lau*

*Concert is sponsored by San Gabriel Valley Entreprenur Lions Club  

Barnes Park is located at 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754. For more information, please contact [email protected] or 626-307-1388.

Toni Harris

Antoinette Toni Harris photo

Susan Rubio

Susan Rubio Photo

Theresa Amador

Theresa Amador Play Days 2019 Honorary Grand Marshall