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.