Santa Claus comes to town in largest--and longest--Holiday parade ever

Thousands line Main Street for festive annual event, downtown tree lighting

Several thousand spectators lined Main Street Saturday night as more than 2,500 others marched, walked and rode in the two-hour annual Holiday Parade that not only filled the street but also stores along the way that stayed open for the festivities.

Of course, the featured celebrity of the night was Santa Claus, waving from the top of a hook-and-ladder fire truck provided and driven by firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

Local politicians also joined in the festivities with Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) waving from a tall float, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty greeting the crowds from a wheeled cable car and Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Cindy McGovern, Matt Sullivan and Jerry Thorne waving from a horse-drawn cart.

Others bringing loud cheers from families, friends and the crowds included Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Y Princesses, church groups, dance troupes and even a team of St. Bernard dogs pulling a wagon.

The parade, hosted by the city of Pleasanton, was one of the best--and certanly the longest--holiday parades ever, featuring more than 50 parade entries. Marching bands from both Amador Valley and Foothill high schools, in their last downtown performances of the school year, provided Christmas and other holiday tunes along the parade route.

At the end of the parade, carolers joined Hosterman and councilmembers in pulling the switch to light the large Christmas tree next to the Museum On Main.

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Posted by parade goer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2008 at 8:37 am

Is there some reason why the mayor's head is on McGovern's body? I was trying to figure out why the picture looked so odd when I looked at the pictures I took last night and realized that the mayor was sitting next to Cook-Kallio and Sullivan and Thorne was sitting next to McGovern!

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Dec 7, 2008 at 10:23 am

Maybe they switched seats. When I saw the carriage go by (further down the street), McGovern was indeed sitting where Hosterman is in the photo, but wasn't she wearing a white or cream-colored scarf and a bulkier red coat?

Posted by There too, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2008 at 11:28 am

If you look at the caption it is last year's picture. It was published prior to last night's parade.

Posted by Matt, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 13, 2008 at 9:38 am

And of course everyone loved the bikers doing there tricks, and don't forget they jumped over someone!

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