By Chris Treadway
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 5:41 pm in Richmond.
Green was the theme Saturday in North Richmond.
The unincorporated community welcomed the second annual North Richmond Green Parade, Celebration Garden Blessing, a daylong gathering that featured longtime community activist Fred Jackson as the guest of honor.
A morning parade started followed a blessing ceremony at the new community garden, the second established by the North Richmond Green program of Neighborhood House.
The parade was led by members of the Straw Hat Band from UC Berkeley and members of the five Little League teams sponsored by North Richmond Green.
Also in the parade were classic vehicles from the La Raza Car Club, motorcycles, police and fire units, costumed mascots and riders from the Oakland Black Cowboys Association.
The parade route took the newly named Fred Jackson Way to Shields-Reid Park for an afternoon of free food, music and fun, along with three Little League games on the adjacent field.
“People think we don’t have enough positive things going on and we really need to make the most of the positive things we do have to show we can make things better,” said Carla Orozco, one of the organizers of the event for North Richmond Green.