Thousands of Alamedans, other Bay Area residents, friends and family came together to enjoy the 36th-annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade today, which was followed by the Jumpin’ & Jivin’ Jubilee.
The parade finished at noon, with the jubilee at Rittler Park going on until 4 p.m. today.
Parade organizers said that in the past few years, the crowds have been close to 50,000.
Before Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, who led the parade, a color guard from the U.S. Coast Guard (below) and the Lincoln Middle School Band (above) entertained the crowd. They were followed by the grand marshal, deputy-grand marshals and City Council.
Along with the Lincoln Middle School band (which includes about 150 members), the Cougar Cadets drill team, a San Francisco dance troupe, Alameda’s jazz bands – from Alameda High School, Encinal High School, and Saint Joseph Notre Dame, and the Arroyo High School marching band from San Lorenzo performed along the three-mile parade route.
Alameda’s Fourth of July event is a certified equestrian parade, according to parade volunteer Barbara Price: “This means that riders get points for their competitions by participating,” explained Price. “We generally get about 10 equestrian entries.”
This year’s grand marshal was former Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, a long-time Alameda resident.
This year’s deputy grand marshals were Dylan Moore, a senior at the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and active Boy Scout, who helped resuscitate a resident earlier this year, and Bhaani Singh, who just graduated from Encinal High School and is headed to the University of California-Berkeley after being a member of the city’s Youth Advisory Commission.