Heavy showers overnight stopped this morning leading to a sunny, but cold Saturday and in time for Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony to start on schedule at 5 p.m. today 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.
Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow until the parade and tree lighting events are over.