It may not look like it sitting on the curb onKentucky Streetand watching Princess the cow saunter by, but putting on the Butter & Egg Days Parade requires a small army of volunteers – about 200 on parade day.

Once again, I am the volunteer recruiter for the parade. I am very grateful because we have some amazing people who return year after year to volunteer.

But we also have lots of volunteer jobs to fill. So I am asking – no pleading – with you to consider enjoying the parade from the middle of it, instead of on the sidelines. This year’s parade is on Saturday, April 28.

In addition to being part of a great day that really shows off Petaluma’s community spirit, you get a cool Volunteer T-shirt. And you get to attend the Volunteer Thank You Party in May that has a drawing for lots of wild and crazy prizes. You might even end up with a great story or two about the day.

We are especially in need this year for volunteers to be Parade Safety Monitors. We don’t want any little ones running into an oncoming chicken float. We provide the training at a meeting on April 17th from 6-8 pm and then you check into volunteer headquarters at 9:30 am on parade day and you’re done after the parade.

Or how about staffing a water station.  If it’s a beautiful spring day like we usually have on Butter & Egg Days, it’s a great spot to be.

Thank you for considering being a part of our beloved tradition.

If you have any questions about volunteering, call me at the Petaluma Visitors Center (707) 769-0429. Or you can download the Volunteer Application at www.petalumadowntown.com. Click on the Butter & Egg Days button.

Thanks again and I hope to see you there!