Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 6, 2013

Pleasanton parade, tree lighting tomorrow

Festivities to include 73 entries, marching bands, Santa

by Jeb Bing

Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony will be held starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow on Main Street.

The centerpiece of this free event is a festive community-based parade with 73 entries, including marching bands, other musical groups, Scouts and, of course, Santa at the end.

The parade will be followed by the lighting of a holiday tree in front of the Museum on Main.

The Amador Valley High School marching band will lead the parade starting at the school's parking lot and continuing south to Old Bernal Avenue. The band will be followed by dozens of holiday inspired entries, including Pleasanton's own Balloon Platoon, members of the Pleasanton City Council riding in a horse-drawn carriage, Bay Area Ghostbusters, hundreds of Cub Scouts and Brownies, local car clubs and dog clubs.

Other musical entries will include the Foothill High School marching band, the Harvest Park Middle School's Cheer and Jazz Band, Young American Patriots Fife and Drum Corps, Powell's Irish Dancers, Grand Performing Arts, as well as other groups such as some Scouts and KKIQ that will have music with their floats.

Animal entries include goats from Terra Bella Family Farm, East Bay Regional Park District Volunteer Trail Safety Patrol, Baroque Horses of Northern California, Valley Humane Society, Saint Bernard Club of the Pacific Coast and Sugar and Papa Bear from the new Black Bear Diner.

Also in the parade will be the Empty Nesters, a new group of former Amador Valley High parents who say now that the kids are away, the parents can play.

The Pleasanton Weekly will be there too, with its publisher and editor riding in a Model T Ford.

In the event of rain, the event may be canceled. An update will be made each hour after 2:30 p.m. on parade day at (925) 931-5352.

Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow until the parade and tree lighting events are over.

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