Another Amazing Alameda Fourth
Alameda once again did the nation proud with its display of patriotism and local flavor, presenting more than 160 entrants in the annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade. The 3.3-mile parade route was lined end-to-end with spectators on both sides of the street with very few gaps between them along the way.
Each year a panel of judges selects the finest parade entries in several categories. The top honor, called the Mayor’s Trophy was awarded to The Haighters, the neighborhood group from the 300 block of Haight Avenue that proclaimed the message “Everyone Belongs Here” from its parade entry.
In the vehicles category the Sikh Riders of America took first place, the U.S. Coast Guard came in second and Recruiting Families and their Whale Boat earned a third place trophy tied with the Alameda High School Cheerleaders.
In the floats category, first place went to Alameda Theatre and Cineplex, second place to The Haighters (entries can win in multiple categories) and third place to the Alameda Girls Softball Association.
In the bicycles category: the Boy Scouts of America came in first, the Cargo Bike Brigade earned second place and parade mainstay Mark Betz as Charlie Chaplin earned third place.
In the walking category, Heat Danceline, an Oakland- based majorette dance team took first place honors. Second went to the Rythmix Art Jam, a group of artists who meet regularly at Rhythmix Cultural Works. The Encinal High School Cheerleaders took third place.
Among School Marching Bands there was just one band to honor, the ever-impressive Lincoln Middle School band that took first place. Among Civilian Marching Bands The 77 Lancers were the only entrant in the category, and earned first place as well. Among School Band Floats, Encinal High School earned first place, second went to Alameda High School and in third place was Academy of Alameda. Civilian bands who earned awards were: The Doug Linney Band in first, The Barefoot Quales in second and The Vinyl 4 in third place.
In the Equestrian category, Mounted Group honors went to Los Amigos Vaquero. In the Charro Group, first place went to Otaez Mexican Resturant, second to Rancho El Afortunado and third to Hayward Hills Charro. In the Silver Mounted Open Virgil took the top honor. The Sweepstakes honor went to Rancho El Afortunado as well.