This one goes out to the folks who malign The Arugs for supposedly being chummy with the cities it covers. It’s the TCV’s coverage of the second coming … oops I mean Union City’s 50th birthday parade.
God Bless America, God Bless Union City
By Simon Wong
Photos By Mike Heightchew
Union City displayed all that is good about America on May 16. The City’s 50th Anniversary Parade, the Classic Car Show at Charles F. Kennedy Park and the 16th Annual Asian-American Heritage Festival, an affiliated event sponsored by the Asian American Federation of California, were celebrations of civic pride, diversity and unity.
UC50 Chair Helen Kennedy and her team of volunteers have donated countless hours to plan the year’s calendar of 50th Anniversary events, backed by sponsors and donors who pledged their support more two years ago and honored them despite the subsequent economic downturn. They brought the City’s community, neighbors and friends together.
The Parade, which seemed to be over so quickly, lasted for 90 minutes. The Island Thunder Motorcycle Club opened proceedings as they roared past the review stand occupied by City Manager Larry Cheeves and Deputy City Manager and Leisure Services Director Tony Acosta, the event’s announcers.