Alameda has fun on the fourth
Thousands of Alamedans and others from across the Bay lined the streets to enjoy the Fourth of July, Island-style. The Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade included more than 120 entrants and thousands of participants, from political figures (some of whom found creative ways to deal with the parade committee’s decision to bar campaign slogans – including Doug deHaan, who had campaign signs for a 2010 mayoral bid along Grand Street) to scout troops and kids’ sports teams, local community and cultural institutions and more.
Spectators were entertained by gymnasts from Bay Island Gymnastics, high-cyclists, the Chipman Cougar Cadet drum troupe and drummers from Maze Daiko, among others.
Participants got into the act, too, setting up lawn parties offering guests everything from traditional picnic goods to home-spun cotton candy and more.
Bruce Johnson was at the corner of Grand Street and San Antonio Avenue, handing out kazoos to neighbors, spectators and passers-by, as he has done for several years. Johnson, who with his wife, Claudia Perkins, has carried on the tradition for more than a decade, led his kazoo chorus through renditions of “Oh! Susannah,” “My Darling, Clementine” and more in between the Ralph Appezzato charity R.A.C.E. and the parade.
Ginny Krutilek celebrated her 85th birthday as the parade made its way toward Grand Street. And Tom and Ida Mackey’s family surprised them with an unregistered float that heralded their 50th wedding anniversary.
The parade was followed by festivities at Rittler Park, on the USS Hornet and a host of parties all over the Island.
If you missed it (though I doubt that you did) or are looking to relive the glory of the Fourth in Alameda, we’ve got loads of photos, which you can view by clicking the picture under the Island Images heading, down and to your right.