Every year since 1962, neighbors and people from all across the city gather in a swarm on N. Lombard on the second Saturday in May for the St. Johns Parade. Marching bands and schoolchildren file behind outlandish floats loaded with pirates and cool old cars ferrying political candidates and elected officials.
See the 2016 parade route here.
And then, once the parade ends neighbors since 2006 have been packing downtown St. Johns for a close-the-streets party affectionately known as the St. Johns Bizarre. The Bizarre, run by volunteers, brings in dozens of vendors, artists, nonprofits and bands — not to mention games, craft beer and tasty food.