The Fremont 4th of July Parade, which has been teetering on the precipice of insolvency for two years might go under this year.
Organizers thought they would be in better shape this year because they were carrying over $10k from last year’s Warm Springs parade and, more importantly, because this year’s parade is in the Mission, which is home to a lot of moolah.
But apparently Mission folks would rather spend their money on tutors and academic enrichment camps. Organizers have only raised $14,000 this year, more than half of which was contributed by home builder Mark Robson. Parade organizers are $13,000 in the hole
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This year’s parade will go one on, but if organizers can’t meet their expenses this year and build up a next egg for Irvington next year, all bets are off for 2011.
Meanwhile, they’re already cutting back on this year’s parade. Instead of three giant helium balloons there will only be one. And there won’t be any post parade party. On the bright side, TV personality Spencer Christian will be the Grand Marshall. I remember Spencer as both a weatherman and sports anchor from WABC-7 in New York. I also have a vague memory of him filming and reporting on his own hair replacement surgery. I’ll have to ask him about that.
Here he is in 1978