349 Memorial Union
Picnic Day is the day every April when anybody who has ever lived in Davis or attended UC Davis comes back to town and wanders around campus and downtown. It includes a giant parade in the morning and events and exhibitions all over the place. The parade starts with words from the Chancellor and the Picnic Day parade marshals and then a terrific performance by the California Aggie Marching Band-Uh. Two of the highlights of Picnic Day are, of course, the Doxie Derby and the Battle of the Bands. Student bands and dance groups can be seen on any of the various stages. The event tries to capture many things that are quintessentially Davis. It is an agricultural showcase and open house for school organizations.
Putting on Picnic Day
Picnic Day is run by 17 students who form the Board of Directors. Each director handles a separate area or event. Picnic Day planning for the next year begins shortly after the end of each year’s event. Each director usually has 1-3 assistants who help in the planning and execution of Picnic Day each year.
The event is co-sponsored by the City of Davis, the University and ASUCD. Picnic Day’s funds support communications (radios & sound for stages) , equipment, printing (posters, flyers, schedule of events etc.), technical support (web and sound equipment for stages & classrooms), hiring multi-cultural Entertainment/performers, the Multi-Cultural Children’s Faire, stage rental, food and t-shirts for the volunteers, and many other things.
Chair: Johnathan Wu