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Sweetwater Lines Up Castro, Click, the 85's and Jaffe for Memorial Day Bash

Music and rides take center stage at post-parade party on May 28 at the Community Center, with three hours of live music. A carnival is set for May 25-28 on the Middle School’s basketball courts.

Kiddo has been the primary patron of music education in Mill Valley’s public schools for the past 30 years.

So as the private educational foundation gets ready to celebrate that anniversary with a , music will take its rightful place at center stage of the festivities. Kiddo turned to the owners of the to put on a live music show after the May 28 Memorial Day Parade and they have delivered.

Kiddo and Sweetwater officials said this week that Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Danny Click & the Hell YeahsThe 85's, local teen phenom  and the Mill Valley Middle School Jazz Band are all set to perform at the concert, slated for 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the fields of the . The Sweetwater will be serving up sliders, salads, beer and wine along with food and drink from other local vendors.

The post-parade concert is one element of a weekend-long Kiddo celebration starting with the revived Mill Valley Carnival taking place from May 25-28 on the basketball courts.

The Memorial Day events kick off with the Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association’s Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside the main fire station and City Hall on Corte Madera Avenue.

The parade, whose theme this year is “Our Kids, Our Schools, Our Future,” kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at , winding its way through downtown and down Miller Ave. before ending at . (Click here for info about applying for a float in the parade and additional details.)

When the float riders, school bands, dignitaries and a bevy of youth groups head to the Community Center after the parade, they’ll have a slew of activities to navigate.

In addition to the concert and post-parade party, the carnival will feature 17 rides, from the Berry-Go-Round and Tune Train for little ones to the Sizzler, Zipper, Tilt-A-Whirl and Texas Tornado, all from the California Carnival Company.

Advance $15 ticket books will be available in the Kiddo office May 21-24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Community Center from 3 to 6 p.m. on those days. Ticket books are $25 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games are extra.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Kiddo and its ongoing effort to raise $2.7 million this year.

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