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Pacific Grove celebrates its heritage every October with two events. On Saturday, the Butterfly Parade and accompanying Butterfly Bazaar celebrate the return of the Monarch Butterfly to Pacific Grove. On Sunday, visitors can get a sneak peek inside the classic Victorians of Pacific Grove during the Historic Home Tour.
The Butterfly Parade
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. The Butterfly Parade takes place on Saturday, October 6, 2012, beginning at 10:30am. The parade starts at the Robert H. Down School on Pine Avenue and will head down Fountain Avenue to Lighthouse Avenue, up 17th Street and concludes on Pine Avenue by returning to the school. A Butterfly Bazaar will follow after the parade.
Pacific Grove Home Tour
Saturday is only half of a weekend that celebrates Pacific Grove's charm and history. On Sunday, October 7, 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. The self-guided tours will run from 10am to 4pm, and docents will be available at each location to answer questions and give more information about the buildings and the people who lived and worked there when they were first built. The tickets, which are $20, can be purchased from the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce by calling 800-656-6650 or 831-373-3304.
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