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Pleasanton parade, tree lighting at 5 p.m. today

Rain stops in time for festivities to start

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.

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Posted by George Withers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Dec 5, 2013 at 8:36 am


Every year Pleasanton's Christmas Parade is held on the same Night as Livermore's Christmas Parade. Since many of us have family and friends living in both cities, and would like to participate in both Christmas Parades, it would sure be nice if one of these cities could change the date of their Christmas Parade to allow attendance and participation in both events.


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Posted by Parade
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

Hopefully sound and the music during parade will be better taken care of this year. Last year it was sad to see scattered groups of people walking in silence, as the music could only be heard right by the main stage in front of Museum.
Not sure if it was only our impression, but that parade was far from joyful and exciting, something one would expect the Christmas Parade to be...


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Posted by Bell Ringer
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I'm with you Parade. Out of nine different Christmas parades I've attended with my children, Pleasanton has the worst organized event. Way to many Realtors and City Officials. We need more children with more homemade floats and less businesses taking a walk with friends promoting themselves. Discovery Bay ranks #1 It winds throught neighborhood streets with nothing but kids and homemade fun. Sorry,but it's just old and outdated like candy cane lane. Have fun and Merry Christmas!!


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Posted by A proud American!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

Bell Ringer, how can you be such a Grinch and still wrap with "Merry Christmas?" Didn't you mean "Bah hum bug?" The parade is supposed to be a little local event full, and for some, the only time they will walk down main street in a parade.

Pleasanton's parade is full of boy and girl scout troupes, local dairy, regional parks and more. I didn't see any real estate agents but they are local business owners too.

Take another swig of egg nog and chill.


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