All around the city of Alameda, U.S. flags are up and waving. Behind closed doors, the dedicated members of school bands, local dance troupes, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood communities, and independent businesses are putting the final touches on nearly 200 floats. It’s all in preparation for the Annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade—one of the longest Fourth of July parades in the country at 3 miles long.
The Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade is a Bay Area tradition that spans decades. It draws a crowd of 20,000 from all over the region who want to catch a glimpse of Alameda’s hometown spirit. The East Bay Express has dubbed the parade the “Best Hometown Celebration” and the “Best Hometown Parade” for a reason—it brings friends and family together and demonstrates the diversity and talent found across our nation’s cities, big and small. [Read more…]