COOLIDGE — Vendors and the carnival being put on by Brown’s Amusement is setting up for Coolidge Days this week at San Carlos Park on Central Avenue.
Coolidge Days with cotton candy and a variety of food will officially start at 5 p.m. Friday with vendors and the carnival, said Community Services Director Ricky Lapaglia.
On Friday night the Reach United Dance Company will perform again as they have every Friday for Coolidge Days in past years and will be judged along with other dance groups.
At 8 a.m. Saturday there will be a 5K run, walk and bike ride that will begin at San Carlos Park before the parade, with Mary Rascon as grand marshal, beginning at 10 a.m.
Lapaglia said the parade route has not changed from previous years. It will start on Central Avenue before going south on Fourth Street to Coolidge Avenue before heading east to Main Street.
From Main Street the parade route will go north to Roosevelt Avenue to First Street and Central, where the parade started.
Lapaglia said there will also be a cornhole competition instead of the horseshoe contest.
At 6 p.m. Saturday there will be a dance at the park, where disc jockey DJ Suave will spin tunes after a band canceled just nine days before the event. Lapaglia said the city could not find a good band to replace the one that canceled on such short notice and contacted the DJ as a good alternative.
On Sunday the vendors and carnival will wrap up at 5 p.m., while there will also be a volleyball tournament at 1 p.m.
Lapaglia said an estimate of people coming out for Coolidge Days could be between 5,000 and 6,000 attendees, though some of those might be coming to the event two to three different times.
Last year because of the coronavirus pandemic the event was canceled for the first time since the city took over the event in 1984.
“It will be nice to get everyone here to celebrate Coolidge Days (again),” Lapaglia said, adding that the city received a lot of pushback as well as support on social media last year from the public for canceling the event.
Because the event is being held outdoors, Lapaglia said that really helps.
“We are really excited about being back,” he said.