An Island City Fourth

Eric J. Kos &nbsp&nbsp The U.S. Coast Guard’s color guard begins Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade each year. July 4 also means it’s Coast Guard Day in Alameda. The coasties held a seperate event at Alameda Point and a Coast Guard helicopter buzzed both Grand and Park streets as the parade began.

An Island City Fourth

Entrants to Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade earn trophies for spectacular floats or performances. 
Best civilian band honors went to Los Amigos Vaqueros in first place, Hayward Hills Vaqueros in second and Kevin Kearney and The Mighty Neptunes in third.

The best school band trophy went to the St. Joseph Notre Dame High School Band. The Alameda High and Encinal High school bands took second and third respectively and the Academy of Alameda Wind Ensemble took fourth.

Best marching band honors went to Lincoln Middle School.

The Mayor’s Trophy for best overall entry went to Cafe Jolie (pictured below), Bowzers and J Couture.

Best in the float category went to Cafe Jolie with Alameda Ballet in second and Floats on a Float by Group Delphi in third. 

Best of the vehicles category went to the Sikh Riders of America.Alameda Theater and Cineplex earned second place and the Green family’s March of the ‘Mingos took third place.
Among the bicycles, first place went to the Cargo Bike Brigade, Westside Joe’s Bike Shop took second place and Alameda Bicycle came in third.

The East Bay Toishan Association earned first place in the walking category with Bay Island Gymnastics in second and USA Kung Fu Studio taking third place.

Three equestrian categories receive trophies. In the mounted group open category, Los Amigos Vaqueros earned first place and the Otaez Restaurant Riders, second. In the charro open category, first place went to Rancho El Alfortunado and second to the Hayward Hills Vaqueros. For the sweepstakes category Rancho El Alfortunado earned first place.

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Eric J. Kos    The foot race drew hundreds of runners, including Mayor Trish Spencer who, after finishing her run, was whisked to the start of the parade route. She then rode the route a second time, waving to the crowd from the back of a convertible