For years the UC Davis Picnic Day parade name has belied the truth of the event. Far from a mid-western farm festival, the Picnic Day parade has consistently had the most diverse participants of any celebration I’ve attended. The parade is a spectrometer of the local area showing the variety of community and religious groups, liberal protests, conservative causes, campus groups and parade music from different bands. All of these folks from different races, cultures, religions and political philosophies walking together down the parade route. This is America. This why I keep coming back to Picnic Day. This renews my faith and hope for the future of humanity.
While there were fewer fun distractions, the exhibits of the different departments seemed better organized, more hands-on and information packed.
The parade is a reflection of community spirit and campus pride bundled up with some marching bands and fire trucks. But as usual, the whole Picnic Day atmosphere is pretty family friendly.
I understand that we can’t keep college fees low forever. But when the fees increase far faster than the college fund you established for your children when they were born, you get a little depressed.