For each Picnic Day, there are Parade Marshals. The Parade Marshals are chosen to represent Picnic Day and are chosen by their active participation in the community, positive impact on others, and their embodiment of the theme.
Picnic Day officially begins its day of festivities with the parade. As part of the parade, the Board of Directors began to elect Parade Marshals to be the distinguished guest(s) of Picnic Day. Parade marshals are individuals from various fields that are nominated and evaluated by the Board. In selecting the Parade Marshals, the Board looks for individuals who display passion for their job, personify the current theme, represent Aggie Pride, contribute to the campus and Davis community, and, most of all, are role models and inspirations for all UC Davis students. Over the years, Picnic Day has selected individuals who have been involved in various fields such as education, the arts,sciences, politics, etc.
This year, Picnic Day chose Professor Emeritus Thomas Famula and Dr. Michelle Famula as our Parade Marshals. The Famulas have actively participated in the growth and inspiration of UC Davis students and the community as a whole and we are more than honored to have them as our Parade Marshals.