Alameda’s brilliant parade
Alameda’s main event of the year – our annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade – is soon to be upon us, and according to the folks who update the city’s website, it’s grander every year. How grand is it, you ask? So grand that people have been working on getting ready for it for months.
It’s so grand, in fact, that the parade has its own website. Here’s what the parade’s organizers are telling newcomers to expect:
For those of you new to the parade this year, let us provide you with a sampling of what to expect: a seemingly endless procession of marching bands, floats, politicians, art cars, Cub Scouts on bikes, church groups, fez-wearing secret societies, gymnasts, dancers, martial-arts students, banjo pickers, hula dancers, and more. So much more that residents like to say half of the population participates in the parade while the other half lines the streets to watch.
Sounds about right. In any event, if you’re interested in learning more about the parade, getting the route, or joining that seemingly endless procession (you can apply online!), click here.
While I’m on it, I just got an e-mail from Dale Yun, who says he’s doing recycling outreach during the Fourth of July Jubilee at Rittler Park, and he’s looking for volunteers to help (they’ll be called the Trash Talkers. Love it!). The training will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 25 in the main hall of the Veterans Building, 2203 Central Avenue. If you’re interested, give Dale a call at 864-4017 or e-mail him at email@example.com.