Young people of all ages can participate as street painters in the festival. A family can sponsor a square of any size, and the street painting can be completed by one child or as a family project. A business can sponsor a square for its employees and their children to create a group project. Schools, religious groups, and nonprofit community organizations often sponsor squares for their students or youth programs. When a family, organization, or business sponsors a square, the festival will inscribe the sponsor's name at the top of the square to acknowledge their support.
For young children, a special street painting area is created with 2-by-2 feet squares that can be purchased during festival hours for $10. The fee includes a small box of chalk for young street painters.