Get Ready for the Big Island Parade!


Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade will kick-off at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The 3.3 mile route begins at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue and ends at Webster Street and Lincoln. Those wishing to check out the horses and parade floats before the event can come down to Park Street and Everett Street starting at 8 a.m.

There’s also a five-kilometer race and walk that starts at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Park and Santa Clara Ave. It ends at Webster and Haight Avenue, in front of the judge’s stand.

“The Wells Fargo stagecoach is back this year, which is pretty exciting,” said event chair Barbara Price. “There’s a large horse population in the parade, too.”

The annual event is expected to include over 180 entries and as many as 55,000 spectators. Some 3,000 individuals and animals are participating.

Bay Area native Michael Finney, a longtime consumer reporter with ABC7 News and also KGO-AM 810, will be the grand marshal. Finney, a former Alameda resident, says he has close ties to the Island.

“I have been to the Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade may times with my brother and his family. I think the world of Alameda and was honored that Mayor Marie Gilmore asked me to take on this role,” Finney said.

Participants include a wide range of community and cultural groups, business organizations and more. There also will be plenty of VIPs and others in classic cars, along with groups on bikes, tricycles, stilts and other forms of transportation.

Marching bands and equestrian groups are always a highlight, organizers say. Last year, the Mayor’s Trophy went to the Otaez-El Agavero Charro Association of horseback and trick riders.

Alameda Backyard Growers invites community members to join it and march on the big day.

The gardening group is entry #117 this year. Its members will line up on Lincoln between Park Street and Grand Avenue by 9 a.m.

Marchers are encouraged to bring water, wear comfortable shoes and have sunglasses; sunscreen is highly recommended.



Another Successful 4th of July Parade


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.

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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.



Photos from Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade

My photo tech just finally downloaded the pictures she took at Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade.
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small dogs fourth of july float She, like me, almost always cries at parades. She likes observing the celebration of all different kinds of passions and hobbies, joys and commitments. And if it’s not a general sense of being overwhelmed by the variety and richness of the human experience that moves her, there’s always a disabled American veterans float, stop the war fourth of julyand thinking about lives changed by war, that really makes her eyes moisten. There were more than 150 and floats at the parade this month. Here’s shots of three.