The Foothill High marching band will lead the parade, with the Amador Valley High marching band in the middle of the hour-long parade, both playing festive Christmas and other holiday music past three reviewing stands where announcers will describe the floats, organizations and walking groups passing by.
Scores of holiday inspired entries include the Pleasanton Weekly's Holiday Fund car, the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church's men's club Balloon Platoon, a horse-drawn wagon carrying the Pleasanton City Council, hundreds of Cub Scouts and Brownies, local car clubs, dog clubs and, of course, Santa Claus.
Parade coordinator Michelle Stearns of the Pleasanton Parks and Community Services Department said there are 82 entries signed up to participate Saturday with 2,875 individuals in all and 1,633 walkers. Also in the parade will be 42 cars, 13 floats, four bands and five animal entries, including dog groups and horses.
Each year, the high school bands take turns going first in the parade, with the other one strategically placed in the middle so both can help keep the tempo for the other entries, Stearns said.
The Foothill band will be followed by the VFW and American Legion Color Guard. Stearns said parade participants also will include the Pleasanton Rugby Club, Pleasanton Seahawks, Elvis, the Tri Valley Roller Girls, Fiona the cow from the Adobe and Harvest Park Middle School's Cheer Squad and jazz band.
One of the highlights will be a real One Horse Open Sleigh restored by Brad Haupt, who lives on a 5-acre parcel about six miles north of the Pleasanton city limits. He said the sleigh was used by his ancestors from 1890-1910, but then packed away when they started using automobiles. Recently, he restored it using authentic extra thin-wood and fabric where needed.
The tree lighting will take place when the parade is over with Mayor Hosterman pulling the switch for the last time. Her eight-year term of office expires Tuesday evening and the city's newly elected mayor and Councilman Jerry Thorne will be sworn in.
In the event of rain, a parade cancellation telephone hotline, 931-5352, will be updated each hour after 2:30 p.m. on parade day.
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