Kennett Square festivals return from May 7 – Daily Local

KENNETT SQUARE – For the first time in two years, all Kennett Square festivals and events will be back, and nothing is virtual.

Weekends will start early with the return of outdoor dining to State Street on Thursday, May 5. from Kennett High School in the afternoons and evenings.

The Kennett Run 10K starts at 9 a.m. in Anson Nixon Park, followed by the 5K, the one-mile run/walk, and the race ends with the kids running around the park’s ponds. The after-party begins around 10:30 a.m. with music, face painting, and other entertainment for the kids, plus a wide variety of snacks, water, sodas, and beers.


The Kennett Run will take place on May 7 in Kennett Square. (FRAN MAYE – MEDIA NEWS GROUP)

No bikes or skates are allowed during the race. Only registered people are allowed on the course. Strollers are allowed in all races. There are four water stops for the 10K race and three for the 5K race.

Be sure to register for the Kennett Run before April 15 to save $5 on entry fees. Record:

The Kennett Run party ends at noon, leaving time for a quick lunch in town before the Cinco de Mayo festival begins at 1 p.m. The Kennett Cinco de Mayo festival is one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the country and attracts thousands of people. At Cinco there will be a variety of Mexican dishes, live music of various musical genres with Latin rhythms, folk dances, arts and crafts and activities for children. The dance group Casa Guanajuato Tenochtli will perform for the first time at the festival.

Festival organizer Casa Guanajuato will reward bands that have had a positive impact on the community with the Cinco de Mayo award. Past winners include Mighty Writers (El Futuro), The Garage Community and Youth Center and Community Volunteers in Medicine.

The Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade, one of the area’s largest and busiest parades, will return after a two-year hiatus on Monday, May 30, 2022. It’s free and takes place from 10 a.m. to noon and begins in historic downtown Kennett Square and continues along North Union Street to Union Hill Cemetery.

More than a dozen marching bands and musical groups will participate, including the Ferko String Band (Mummers) and the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band (who sing the Eagles fight song “Fly Eagles Fly”) as well as pipers, fife and drum corps, drum and bugle corps, high school bands, and more.

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